At least six million Americans in 33 states are being exposed to dangerous levels of Industrial perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals in drinking water, found a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters .
“Virtually all Americans are exposed to these compounds. They never break. Once released into the environment, they are there.”
-Xindi Hu, University of Harvard “And water available data only reveals the tip of the iceberg of contaminated drinking water,” said study co-author Dr.. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health Charleston Gazette-mail.
The Washington Post details the findings of researchers
194 4,864 WATER SUPPLY THROUGH nearly three dozen states had detectable levels chemicals. SIXTY-SIX OF WATER SUPPLIES, SERVICE about six million people, had at least one sample exceeded the EPA recommended safe limit of 70 parts per trillion for two types of chemicals -. Perfluorooctanesulfonic ACID (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
PFOA and compounds PFOS, including chemical C8, popularly known as Teflon known chemical are extremely dangerous to human health, despite an EPA notice released earlier this year and increased calls to action, research shows that are almost ubiquitous in the United States.
“Virtually all Americans are exposed to these compounds,” said Xindi Hu, lead author of the study and doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard University, the Message . “They never break. Once released into the environment, they are there.”
Moreover, the study also indicates that research suggests “that exposure to these chemicals can cause sick people, even at or below the recommended as acceptable under the health warning EPA concentration, “according to Gazette-Mail.
“The advice … EPA limit is too high to protect against the toxic effects on the immune system,” said the Grandjean Electronic Bulletin .
PFOAs are the center of a controversial years of legal long battle with DuPont, which manufactures chemicals for decades and discharged into watercourses public-despite knowing that it was seriously harmful to human health and environment. Thousands of personal injury cases are currently pending against the chemical giant.
The Electronic Bulletin more reports:
DuPont and other companies have agreed on a VOLUNTARY ELIMINATION OF CHEMISTRY, but researchers noted in the study this week the decreased production in the USA and Europe have been offset by increases in developing regions such as Asia. SCIENTISTS have also been increasingly concerned about the chemical contamination of consumer products, and the new study provides important details about potential threats practices VARYING waste disposal and uses of substances.
The alarming situation is the result of decades of weak or no regulation, as Hu told the Bulletin Harvard : “For many years, chemicals with unknown, such toxic effects [PFOAs] were allowed to be used and released to the environment, and now we have to face serious consequences. “
” in addition, the actual number of people exposed can be even higher than our study found, “Hu continued,” because government data for levels of these compounds in drinking water is poor for almost a third of the US population about 100 million people. ”
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