Report Finds Industrial Chemicals More Toxic Than Thought

Report Finds Industrial Chemicals More Toxic Than Thought

A government report shows that a family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than previously realized.

BY ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government report shows that a family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than previously realized.

The chemicals are called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. They were used in goods such as fire-suppressing foam, nonstick pans and fast-food wrappers.

The findings were released Wednesday.

A draft of the report had set off alarms within the Trump administration earlier this year. A January email from a White House official, released under the Freedom of Information Act, refers to it as a “potential public relations nightmare.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has since launched national hearings on the contaminant.

Environmental groups say the report should lead water agencies to boost water filtering.

Report Finds Industrial Chemicals More Toxic Than Thought

2 Replies to “Report Finds Industrial Chemicals More Toxic Than Thought”

  1. a big and necessary project. one could devote a life to restoring the waters. what a beautiful devotion.

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