EPA Finalizes Limits on “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water

The agency enacts the first national drinking water limit on PFAS.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are also referred to as “forever chemicals” because of how little they naturally break down in the environment or in human bodies. PFAS are used in all types of items, from water bottles to carpeting to food packaging and more, which are absorbed into the body and slowly build up over time.

The health effects of this accumulation include low birth weight, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, and liver damage. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says though it will take time to address the full extent of PFAS pollution, regulating the limits in national drinking water is an important and attainable first step.

“The result is a comprehensive and life-changing rule, one that will improve the health and vitality of so many communities across our country,” said Administrator Regan.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That Administrator Regan receives guidance from the Lord as he heads the EPA.
  • For EPA officials to be prudent in their assessments and proposals for environmental regulation.

Sources: VOA News, USA Today


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