Headline RoundupMay 29th, 2024

Is Your Drinking Water Safe? 'Forever Chemicals' Raise Contamination Concerns

Summary from the AllSides News Team

How safe is drinking water in the United States? The Biden administration and environmental groups are pushing for companies to cut down on the use of “forever chemicals” that have been detected in drinking water at high levels. 

What are Forever Chemicals? An article in the Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) described forever chemicals as chemicals that “are nearly impossible to break down naturally and are linked to health troubles such as liver and kidney disease, immune problems, and certain cancers.” Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl are two forever chemicals used in the production of a “wide range of consumer goods, such as nonstick cookware, camping gear, and fast-food packaging.” The Biden administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are proposing new rules limiting allowable levels of forever chemicals in drinking water. 

Where is Drinking Water the Safest? Newsweek (Center bias) reported on a map created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) showing where forever chemicals were detected above the EPA’s proposed limit. While nearly every state had drinking water contaminated above the EPA’s limit, “North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, central Colorado, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida” reported especially high levels. 

Corporate Contamination: ProPublica (Lean Left bias) investigated 3M, a multinational conglomerate, finding the company “allowed [forever chemicals] to seep into all of us while sitting on research that showed the chemical is toxic.” According to the report, 3M first became aware of the contamination in the 1970s, but “the company kept making the compound until 2000.”

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