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In a first, EPA sets limit for ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established the first-ever drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as "forever chemicals," marking a significant step in regulating these harmful pollutants

🔭 The context: This regulation aligns with the Biden administration's broader initiative to combat pollution by addressing the presence of PFAS, which are notorious for their persistence in the environment and potential to cause various health issues

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The implementation of these standards is expected to substantially reduce PFAS exposure for around 100 million Americans, mitigating the chemicals' long-lasting impact on human health and the environment

⏭️ What's next: The rule's enforcement is anticipated to play a critical role in diminishing the prevalence of diseases associated with PFAS exposure, such as certain cancers and liver problems, thereby improving public health outcomes.

💬 One quote: "Agency officials estimate the rule will reduce PFAS exposure for about 100 million Americans."

📈 One stat: No specific numbers were provided beyond the estimated 100 million Americans who will benefit from reduced PFAS exposure due to the new EPA rule

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