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PFAS forever chemicals topped new EPA limits. Is yours on our map?

Millions of Americans rely on drinking water systems that recently exceeded new limits for toxic “permanent chemicals” announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

USA TODAY found 608 systems across the country that have measured PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, at or above newly established limits since last year. Together, they serve nearly 35 million people.

An additional 13 million people drink water from hundreds of other systems that have recently detected the chemicals at levels that require reporting to the EPA, but not enough to exceed the new limits, according to the USA TODAY analysis.

These results represent grab samples, and EPA would not require water systems to make changes unless their annual average exceeds the new limits.

News Source : www.usatoday.com
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