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Idaho, Unable to Regulate PFAS, Seeks to Convey Chemicals’ Risks

Aug. 19, 2020, 7:46 PM

Idaho regulators say tension exists between them and the EPA over PFAS contamination as the state—unable to create its own limits for the chemicals—faces public concerns about the chemicals’ risks.

The state is deciding how to communicate the potential risks of PFAS to the public while awaiting formal drinking water limits from the Environmental Protection Agency. Under state law, Idaho isn’t permitted to set drinking water limits that are more stringent than the EPA’s, and the federal agency has yet to set any enforceable standards for the chemicals.

A number of other states, including Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and...

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