EPA proposes first national drinking water standard for PFAS
Today — the E-P-A proposed the first national drinking water standard for six per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances — better known as P-FAS or “forever chemicals.”
P-FAS are a family of synthetic chemicals that linger in the environment and the human body — where they can cause serious health problems.
While there are thousands of PFAS — the E-P-A is focused on regulating six chemicals where the science is clear regarding their impact on human health.
Under the proposal — water systems would have to monitor for the chemicals — notify the public about PFAS levels — and work to reduce them if levels go above the standard allowed.
In a statement — E-P-A Administrator Michael Regan said quote “This action has the potential to prevent tens of thousands of PFAS-related illnesses and marks a major step toward safeguarding all our communities from these dangerous contaminants.”
A C-D-C study back in 2007 found PFAS could be found in 98 percent of the U-S population.
According to a peer-reviewed 20-20 study — as many as 200 million Americans are exposed to PFAS in their tap water.