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Ohio Launches Statewide Testing for Fluorinated Chemicals (1)

Dec. 2, 2019, 9:00 PMUpdated: Dec. 2, 2019, 9:35 PM

Ohio is launching a statewide test to find out whether public drinking water sources are contaminated with fluorinated chemicals linked to immune system disorders and cancer.

On Dec. 2 Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Health will be testing all 1,500 public water systems for six “forever chemicals"—per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—that have raised concern among environmentalists and health experts due to their persistence in water and buildup in humans.

“This plan is the first step in learning if the chemicals have a widespread presence,” DeWine said in a statement. These...

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