States Move Ahead of EPA to Limit ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Water

Feb. 19, 2020, 11:55 AM

Twenty-three states are working on ways to protect people from drinking water contaminated with “forever chemicals” in the absence of federal enforcement, Sylvia Carignan, Alex Ebert, Keshia Clukey, and Emily C. Dooley write.

  • The states are writing their own guidance, regulations, or legislation that would address PFAS. Most have focused on two of the better-understood chemicals in the PFAS family—PFOA and PFOS—while others are assessing the safety of five or more.
  • Michigan is one of the most active states: It completed the first statewide test of drinking water sources and embarked on cleanup at 76 contaminated sites. It’s now working ...

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