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Andrews writes: "When you drink a glass of water, you expect it to be clean and pure, not contaminated with invisible toxic chemicals. But nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by an industrial compound that was used for decades to make Teflon."

Nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by the chemical known as PFOA, used to make Teflon. (photo: Flickr)
Nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by the chemical known as PFOA, used to make Teflon. (photo: Flickr)


6.5 Million Americans Drink Water Contaminated With the Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Pans

By David Andrews, Environmental Working Group

29 August 15

 

hen you drink a glass of water, you expect it to be clean and pure, not contaminated with invisible toxic chemicals. But nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by an industrial compound that was used for decades to make Teflon.

The chemical, known as PFOA, has been detected in 94 public water systems. The amounts are small, but new research indicates that it can be hazardous even at the tiniest doses. PFOA and closely related fluorinated chemicals—including PFOS, once used to make Scotchgard—can cause cancer, birth defects and heart disease and weaken the immune system.

Even the lowest level of PFOA detected by the water testing, which was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was about five times higher than what’s safe to drink, according to the new research. This means that even if the EPA has not reported finding PFOA in your drinking water supply, it could still be contaminated.

Want to know whether the testing found PFOA, PFOS or any one of four other highly fluorinated chemicals in your drinking water? Environmental Working Group’s interactive map below shows every U.S. county where the chemicals were detected. Click on your county to see if your water utility found any.

In a signal of the growing scientific alarm over the dangers of PFOA, the National Toxicology Program recently announced a systematic re-evaluation of the chemical’s effect on the immune system. The program’s Office of Health Assessment and Translation will evaluate ongoing and upcoming studies. It also plans to assemble an expert panel of scientists to review the findings.

Americans should be protected against water contamination by PFOA and other so-called perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs. PFOA and PFOS are just two members of this large family of chemicals, which do not break down in the environment. They’ve spread to the farthest reaches of Earth, are in virtually every American’s blood and can be passed from mother to child in the womb and in breast milk. PFOA and PFOS have been phased out in the U.S., but scientists have raised concerns that the new chemicals that replaced them may be no safer.

This map identifies where water has been contaminated by PFCs county-by-county.

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+14 # Billy Bob 2015-08-29 12:49
Very useful information.

I read somewhere, that the insurance industry has access to cancer maps, telling them exactly what your chances are of getting certain cancers based on where you live, and your proximity to certain known precursors and causes.

You, aren't allowed to look at that map, though.

You, are to keep your mouth shut and stop complaining or questioning anything.

The more we can educate ourselves and each other about these things, however, the better. I'm sure someone could re-create the sort of map I'm discussing. This could be one factor. One could just keep adding other factors to the list, and, gradually, a more clear picture of what we're up against, in relative graded risk, could emerge.
 
 
+2 # janie1893 2015-08-29 13:55
Is there any sure method of causing death that we have not yet tried out? Humanity deserves to become extinct.
 
 
+4 # Billy Bob 2015-08-29 16:57
True, humanity might, but our kids don't.
 

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