Unveiling the Threat: PFAS Chemicals Contaminate Urban Water, Fueling Cancer Concerns


FILE - Eva Stebel, water researcher, pours a water sample into a smaller glass container for experimentation as part of drinking water and PFAS research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response on Feb. 16, 2023, in Cincinnati. The 3M chemical company announced Thursday, June, 22, 2023 a $10.3 billion settlement with U.S. water utilities and agencies over PFAS pollution that will allow them to test and treat drinking water contaminated with these “forever chemicals.(AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel, File)
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New federal data shows nearly half of the nation’s tap water contains so-called “forever chemicals.” A national study released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that a group of chemicals known as PFAS were commonly found in private wells and more frequently found in urban areas, especially in California, the Great Lakes, the Great Plains, and the Eastern Seaboard.

The chemicals are commonly used in consumer products and have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and other illnesses. Earlier this year, the EPA announced an effort to restrict and regulate forever chemicals.

In other news, California’s task force on reparations wants the state to get rid of interest on late child support for Black residents. The state’s reparations task force said discriminatory laws have torn Black families apart as they are disproportionately affected by child support debt. That’s according to an over 1,000-page report released last week.

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