EPA To Limit Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water
March 14, 2023 12:32PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the first federal limits on harmful “forever chemicals” in drinking water, saying it could prevent thousands of illnesses.
A toxic group of compounds knowns as PFAS is linked to health issues including low birthweight and cancer.
The EPA proposes limiting two common types of the compounds to 4 parts per trillion, the lowest level that tests can detect.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan says communities “have suffered far too long” from PFAS pollution.
Environmentalists praise Tuesday’s proposal as a long-awaited public health protection, but water providers warned of possible rate hikes.
The proposal would also regulate four other types of PFAS.