EPA Plans New Guidelines on Handling Toxic Chemicals Found in Water
The EPA announced on Thursday that they will begin devising new guidelines on handling specific toxic chemicals found in drinking water. They want to develop a new safety threshold for chemicals within the group of PFAs, notably PFOAs and PFOs. Although many manufacturers stopped their use of them, the chemicals continue to infiltrate the environment, posing danger to communities where they were originally used in the form of increased risks of cancer and infertility. They aim to set regulations on allowable safe limits of the chemicals in water supplies by the end of the year under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The EPA will also propose the addition of the chemicals to a drinking water monitoring program and develop new methods in detecting them in the water and soil.
For years, manufacturers of nonstick cookware, firefighting foam, and many other products used PFAs in their production. It was not discovered until several years later that the chemicals adversely affect individuals who encounter them through contaminated soil or water supplies. Neurological disorders, numerous types of cancer, and infertility are just a few of the dangers they present to individuals who reside near former manufacturing sites.
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