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Illinois EPA Issues Health Advisories for Four PFAS Chemicals

Jan. 28, 2021, 11:21 PM

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued health advisories on four “forever chemicals” that will be used to develop enforceable drinking water standards.

The advisories aren’t enforceable groundwater or drinking water standards. Instead, the state agency will use them to develop enforceable drinking water maximum contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They are known as “forever chemicals” because of their ability to accumulate in the environment and human bodies long after exposure.

“This action is part of the Illinois EPA’s statewide PFAS investigation intended to determine the prevalence of PFAS chemicals in our community water supplies. This ...

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