Feds release long-awaited report on health risks of chemical family

new jersey environment news, water quality

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A federal agency released recommendations on Wednesday on how to protect the public from a class of chemicals that are linked to a range of illnesses, including some cancers, immune system problems, decreased fertility, and thyroid disease.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published long-awaited health standards on 14 chemicals in the PFAS family, also known as PFCs or perfluoroalkalyls. For two of the chemicals, the report advocates limits that are much stricter than those recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, and more stringent than levels currently being implemented by New Jersey, a national leader in regulating the chemicals …

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