Drinking water in the USA is contaminated with toxic substances at a faster rate than previously thought
According to a new report, tap water in the United States is contaminated with toxic fluorine-containing chemicals at a faster rate than previously thought. Writes about it Fox News.
“It is virtually impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals,” said David Andrews, senior fellow at the environmental working group and co-author of the report.
Chemicals, also known as perfluoroalkyls (PFAS), are resistant to destruction and can affect far more than 110 million Americans. This figure appeared earlier in the reports of the Working Group on the environment (EWG) for 2018 based on unpublished data from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Some chemicals are known to cause cancer, liver damage, low birth weight, and other health problems.
“The results confirm that the number of Americans exposed to PFAS due to contaminated tap water was significantly underestimated by previous studies, both from the Environmental Protection Agency and from its own EWG studies,” the report said.
Some of the highest levels were found in the suburbs of Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans, upstate New Jersey and New York.
Artificial chemicals have been used in products such as Scotchguard, Teflon, and fire foam.
The group took tap water samples from 44 locations in 31 states and found that only in Meridian (Mississippi), where residents took drinking water from wells, no traces of chemicals were found. Only Seattle (Washington) and Tuscaloosa (Alabama) had less than one part per trillion, which is considered the permissible content of chemicals.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aware of pollution, but so far no national standards have been set for the content of chemicals in drinking water.
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