Chemicals Found in Drinking Water

AP_812374468370For decades, it was used to manufacture Teflon pans, Gore-Tex jackets, ski wax, carpets and the linings of pizza boxes and microwave popcorn bags.

It’s a chemical compound known as PFOA, and while it’s being phased out in the U.S., the suspected cancer-causing substance is still very much around, turning up in the water in factory towns around the country – including three small communities in upstate New York and Vermont.

Those cases have led to renewed demands from environmentalists and public health authorities for strict regulations on how much PFOA can be in the water.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that it is still studying the substance and that the process is a drawn-out one dictated by federal law.

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