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According to a new report, U.S. drinking water is contaminated with man-made “forever chemicals”.
In Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New Orleans, Louisiana, the highest levels of “Forever chemicals,” known as PFAS are found.
The Environmental Working Group ( EWG ) reported that these “forever chemicals” could cause cancer, liver damage, and other health problems.
The result was seen to be worse than previously estimated as the highest levels of “Forever chemicals,” known as PFAS are found in Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The report suggests that 110 million Americans could be contaminated with PFAS.
The scientist with the Environmental Working Group David Andrews, who helped prepare the new report, said: “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals. Everyone’s really exposed to a toxic soup of these PFAS chemicals.”
The chemicals were used in products like Teflon and Scotchguard and their replacements are also harmful to human health.
The Environmental Working Group ( EWG ) studied tap water from 44 areas in 31 states and Washington, D.C.
Only one area found with no measurable levels of PFAS out of the 44 water areas. It was Meridian, Mississippi that gets its drinking water from 600-foot-deep wells.
Scientist of theEWG, David Andrews says the effect of these chemicals on human health is unclear but could be negative.
Environmental Working Group study co-author Sydney Evans also said that PFAS in drinking water is not good for health.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has known about the problem of PFAS in drinking water since 2001 but no legal limit has been set.
Last year, EPA officials said they would be setting limits on two of the chemicals: PFOA and PFOS. However, the timing for such limits is still unclear.
However, it is not yet for us to panic.
“Drinking one glass of contaminated water is unlikely to be associated with health risks, as is eating one slice of contaminated chocolate cake,” DeWitt said. “Individually, each item is unlikely to be a huge problem, but collectively and over a lifetime, that may be a different story.”
Sally Brown, a University of Washington researcher suggests.
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