May 22, 2022

Research Tools: “New Database: Water Sources in 43 States Contain Potentially Unsafe Chemical Levels”

From McClatchy/DC Bureau:

More than 610 drinking water sources in 43 states contain potentially unsafe levels of chemical compounds that have been linked to birth defects, cancers, infertility, and reduced immune responses in children, according to a new database compiled by the Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University.

Using Pentagon data released last year and recently obtained public water utility reports, the researchers now estimate that more than 19 million people are exposed to water contaminated with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.


Military bases and the communities surrounding them report some of the highest levels of contamination — much higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 recommendation of a maximum exposure level of 70 parts per trillion.

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See Also: EWG’s National Tap Water Database

See Also: Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University

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