PBS NewsHour: What are PFASs, the toxic chemicals being found in drinking water?

August 12 2016

More than 16 million Americans drink water contaminated with toxic chemicals that can be traced to military and industrial sites, according to new research from Harvard University. The compounds in question are called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs. They are typically used in fire retardants, oil and water repellents, furniture, waterproof clothes, take out containers and non-stick cookware.…

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NPR: Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

August 9 2016

A study of drinking water supplies throughout the U.S. shows that numerous sources are contaminated with firefighting chemicals. A team of scientists examined government data from thousands of public drinking water supplies. The water samples had been collected by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The scientists were looking for several types of chemicals from a class of fluorinated substances used commonly in firefighting foam.…

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CNN: Study: Public water supply is unsafe for millions of Americans

August 9 2016

For their new study, Hu, Blum and their colleagues examined more than 36,000 water samples collected by the Environmental Protection Agency between 2013 and 2015. The researchers discovered that 66 public water supplies serving 6 million Americans had at least one water sample that measured at or above the EPA recommended safety limit of 70 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid, two types of PFASs. Newark, Delaware, and Warminster, Pennsylvania, showed particularly high concentration levels.…

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Chemical Watch: PFCs in drinking water link to human blood levels

June 15 2016

Californian researchers have found a possible link between blood levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), in the general population, and concentrations in drinking water. Meanwhile, eating fish from PFC-contaminated waters may also…

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