Prior issues of the Report have discussed the ongoing contamination issues caused by perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and the health hazards associated with exposure to these chemicals. Water systems across 27 states that supply water to 15 million Americans have been impacted by these chemicals.
PFCs persist in the environment for years without degrading and, as a result, can accumulate with repeated exposure. EPA testing from 2013-2015 found PFCs present in 194 water systems nationwide; 64 of those systems contained levels over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lifetime health advisory (LHA) of 70 parts per trillion. The EPA has warned that exposure to elevated levels of PFCs can lead to a number of health problems including testicular cancer, kidney cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, high cholesterol and pregnancy-induced hypertensions.
In June, Congressman Brendan Boyle, D-13, of Philadelphia, announced he has reintroduced a bill that would set a national drinking water standard for perfluorinated compounds for the first time. The bill would be a significant step because PFCs currently are not regulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act. In the absence of a standard, the EPA tested for PFC levels as part of the Unregulated Contaminated Monitoring Rule and issued its LHA, which are not enforceable but, rather, merely guidelines.
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