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Millions of Americans may be drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals linked to behavioral problems, birth defects, cancer, high cholesterol levels and infertility, a new report finds.
Researchers from the Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University found 610 sources in 43 states that contained unsafe levels of man-made chemicals in water known as PFAS chemicals.
Locations - Water - Systems - Bases - Airports
These locations include public water systems, military bases, airports and even firefighter training sites and affect as many as 19 million Americans.
Numerous studies have linked these chemicals to severe disorders, defects and conditions.
PFAS - Per- - Polyfluoroalkyl - Substances - Chemicals
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are man-made chemicals that have been used in several industries around the world since the 1940s.
They are ubiquitous, appearing in everything from cosmetics to water-repellent clothing to products that scrub away grease and oil, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Study - Researchers - Environmental - Working - Group
For the study, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University in Boston analyzed data from the Pentagon and water utility reports.
The report included any place where the chemicals were detected, even if levels were below the Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory threshold of 70 parts per trillion.
'We - States - Scientists - Regard - Number
'We, along with many states and academic scientists, regard that number as far too high,' EWG Vice President Bill Walker told McClatchy.
The group says that a threshold says that even as low as one part per trillion could have result in ill...
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