Ohio EPA Conducts Study to Find Source of "Forever Chemicals" in Drinking Water

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The Ohio EPA is conducting a statewide study to determine the source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as "forever chemicals," in local drinking water.

PFAS are a class of thousands of man-made chemicals that have been used in a wide range of products, including firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, and water-resistant clothing.

PFAS are persistent in the environment and can bioaccumulate in human tissues, meaning that they can build up over time.

Exposure to PFAS has been linked to a number of health problems, including cancer, reproductive problems, and developmental delays in children.

The Ohio EPA's study is focused on identifying the sources of PFAS contamination in the state's drinking water systems.

The agency is working with water utilities and other partners to collect and analyze samples from drinking water sources and treatment plants.

The study is still in its early stages, but the Ohio EPA has already identified some potential sources of PFAS contamination, including:

– Industrial facilities that use PFAS in their manufacturing processes – Military bases and other facilities that use firefighting foam – Landfills and waste disposal sites

Once the Ohio EPA has identified the sources of PFAS contamination, the agency will work to develop strategies to reduce exposure to these chemicals.

This may involve treating drinking water, cleaning up contaminated sites, or restricting the use of PFAS in certain products.

The Ohio EPA expects to complete its study of PFAS contamination in drinking water by the end of 2023. The agency will then release a report with its findings and recommendations.

If you are concerned about PFAS exposure, you can take steps to reduce your risk, such as:

– Using a water filter that is certified to remove PFAS

– Avoiding products that contain PFAS, such as nonstick cookware and water-resistant clothing – Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases

You can also contact your local water utility to learn more about PFAS testing and treatment in your community.