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EPA Prepares to Oversee Imports of Certain PFAS

The White House has signed off on the EPA’s plan to manage imports of certain “forever chemicals” no longer made or used in the U.S., along with imports of manufactured goods containing those chemicals.

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PFAS: The 'Forever Chemicals'

97% of Americans have a detectable amount of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in their blood, but we don’t yet know all of their health effects. The EPA says more than 600 PFAS chemicals are in the marketplace in the U.S., and the OECD says there could be 5,000 types worldwide. States are racing to regulate PFAS, while the federal government lags.

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