California Moves on ‘Forever Chemical’ Drinking Water Limits (2)

July 22, 2021, 4:21 PMUpdated: July 22, 2021, 8:01 PM

California is moving closer to setting possibly the nation’s strictest drinking water standards for two “forever chemicals.”

The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on Thursday released draft public health goals for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS).

The goals, which are subject to public comment and peer review, are a precursor to the state setting maximum contaminant levels.

“It’s an important step forward,” said Sam Delson, deputy director for external and legislative affairs for office, known as OEHHA.

PFOS and PFOA were two of the most extensively produced of the thousands of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances ...

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