US EPA drastically reduces PFAS safe consumption levels

US EPA drastically reduces PFAS safe consumption levels

THE WHAT? The US Environmental Protection Agency has reduced the safe consumption levels for PFAS in drinking water significantly, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal.

THE DETAILS The rules are not enforceable currently unless states amend their individual regulations but could influence federal rules and court judgements.

Previous levels for both PFOA and PFOS were set at 70 parts per trillion, the new limits are 0.004ppt for PFOA and 0.02 ppt for PFOS. The EPA has also ushered in controls for fellow forever chemicals GenX and PFBS for the first time at 10 ppt and 2,000 ppt respectively.

THE WHY? PFAS have been linked to numerous health conditions but toxicity levels are the subject of heated debate among the scientific community.

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