EPA sets new regulations on “forever chemicals” to prevent water contamination

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  • EPA sets new regulations to limit the use of PFAS chemicals
  • PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” have been linked to water contamination and health issues
  • The new regulations aim to prevent further contamination and protect public health

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new regulations aimed at limiting the use of PFAS chemicals, commonly known as “forever chemicals.” The chemicals have been linked to health issues such as cancer, liver damage, and developmental problems, and have contaminated water sources across the United States.

The EPA’s new regulations focus on two of the most commonly used PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS. Under the new regulations, companies will be required to notify the EPA before using the chemicals and to limit their use in certain products. The regulations also set limits on the amount of PFAS chemicals that can be released into the environment.

The new regulations are part of a broader effort by the EPA to address the issue of water contamination and protect public health. PFAS chemicals are known to persist in the environment for long periods of time, hence the nickname “forever chemicals,” and have been found in drinking water sources across the country.

The EPA’s new regulations have been welcomed by environmental groups and public health advocates, who have long called for stronger regulations on PFAS chemicals. While the regulations are a step in the right direction, many argue that more needs to be done to address the issue of water contamination and protect public health.