EPA Issues New Advisory on “Forever Chemicals”

Lowers acceptable PFAS levels in drinking water.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new advisories that lower the acceptable ingestible levels of systemic pollutants in drinking water. These “forever chemicals,” known as per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are used in the manufacturing of millions of products from food packaging to furniture, have been linked to cancers, thyroid disease, and many other illnesses.

The previous health advisory for ingestible PFAS was 70 parts per trillion. Now it is 0.004 parts per trillion. “People on the front-lines of PFAS contamination have suffered for far too long,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated. “That’s why EPA is taking aggressive action as part of a whole-of-government approach to prevent these chemicals from entering the environment and to help protect concerned families from this pervasive challenge.” 

The agency is set to issue proposed rules in the coming months to regulate PFAS once a review is completed by the agency’s Science Advisory Board. Until the regulations are enacted, the advisories are meant to provide information to states, tribes, and water systems to address PFAS contamination. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Regan to seek God’s guidance as he heads the EPA.
  • For U.S. environmental officials as efforts are made to ensure safe drinking water.
  • For the EPA Science Advisory Board to conduct accurate reviews of the levels of chemicals in the nation’s tap water.

Sources: Reuters, Newsmax


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