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Government limits on chemicals in the water supply found TOO HIGH

Government limits on chemicals in the water supply found TOO HIGH; toxins impact human health at far lower levels

Most people tend to fall into one of two categories: those who believe that governmental bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency help us and keep us safe, and those who know better. In news that will only be surprising to those who fall into the first group, a new study has revealed that the chemicals in American drinking water pose health risks at levels that are significantly lower than the current limits.

In a report that was released this week by a branch of the Health and Human Services office, some common chemicals were found to cause negative effects on the health of rodents at lower equivalent levels in humans than the EPA recognizes. The chemicals they looked at were from the PFAS group, short for per- and polyfluorinated substances, and they’re used in products like water-repellent coating, nonstick cookware, and firefighting in foam.

The advisory level set by the EPA of 70 parts per trillion for these chemicals is anywhere from 7 to 10 times higher than the level that HHS first noted health effects in animals. These chemicals have leaked into the drinking water supplies of many communities and are putting people’s health at risk. Two of the most popular ones are PFOA and PFOS, which are especially dangerous because they stay in the environment for a very long period of time.

Eating food or drinking liquids that have been contaminated with these chemicals can increase a person’s risk of cancer, according to the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. It can also affect the learning, growth and behavior of children, reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, raise cholesterol levels, interfere with hormones, and negatively impact the immune system.

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