EPA Says ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

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Published on June 15, 2022 - Duration: 01:30s

EPA Says ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

EPA Says ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are , More Dangerous Than Previously Thought.

'The Hill' reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon regulate "forever chemicals" in groups rather than individually.

"Forever chemicals" encompass per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

PFAS have been associated with testicular and kidney cancers as well as thyroid disease.

According to a Biden administration official, , the agency is lowering its health advisory for "forever chemicals" because it has found that certain types are more dangerous than once thought.

"Near zero" amounts of two common types of PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, are now considered safe to drink.

Two other types of PFAS, GenX and PFBS, will also be getting drinking water advisories which they did not have before.

However, the EPA's health notices aren't enforceable regulations, as there is no federal drinking water limit for PFAS in the United States.

'The Hill' reports that the EPA is set to propose the first-ever regulations later this year.

People on the front-lines of PFAS contamination have suffered for far too long.

, Michael Regan, EPA Administrator, via statement.

That’s why EPA is taking aggressive action as part of a whole-of-government approach to prevent these chemicals from entering the environment and to help protect concerned families from this pervasive challenge.

, Michael Regan, EPA Administrator, via statement


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GenX

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