Payam Javan: The US Environmental Protection Agency issued new cautions about synthetic pollutants in drinking water known as “forever chemicals” claiming that the toxins can still be dangerous even at undetectable levels.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, have been utilized in household products such as non-stick cookware, stain- and water-resistant textiles, as well as firefighting foam and industrial products, for decades. Some PFAS have been linked to cancer, liver damage, low birth weight, and other health issues by scientists. However, compounds that are difficult to break down are not yet regulated.
The agency plans to submit new guidelines to control PFAS. The advisory is supposed to offer information to states, tribes, and water systems about PFAS pollution until the laws take effect. The EPA advises organizations that discover PFAS in drinking water to notify residents, conduct monitoring, and take steps to prevent exposure. Individuals who are concerned about PFAS contamination in their drinking water may consider installing a home filter, according to the report.
The American Chemistry Council, claims the EPA rushed the notices by not allowing the agency’s Science Advisory Board to review them. The group expressed concern that the advisories’ development process was “fundamentally flawed.”