Communities confront the threat of unregulated chemicals in their drinking water

Tammy Cooper, a resident of Parchment, MI, recently attended a Senate hearing on the chemicals leading to the water crisis. Photo by David Kasnic, courtesy of The Washington Post.

“PARCHMENT, Mich. — The day this small town told its residents to stop drinking the water, life on Glendale Boulevard turned from quiet to alarming.” For years calls for polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, to be federally regulated have gone unanswered. This summer one more small town paid the price. Washington Post.

PFAs are common in a wide range of products, from non-stick cookware to fire-proof fabric. However, exposure to these chemicals is known to result in serious human health problems, including thyroid disease, weakened immunity, infertility risks, and certain cancers.

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