‘Forever Chemicals’ Pose Bigger Health Risk Than First Thought: EPA

Posted on Jun 17, 2022

The article below, published in WebMD on June 16, demonstrates the importance of drinking only water that is known to be free from PFAS. Consuming water that is regularly tested for all contaminants and inspected annually at the bottling and source levels appears to be more important than ever, now that the EPA has dramatically lowered the acceptable levels of certain chemicals down to “parts per quadrillion.” The problem appears to be that PFAS, among others, do not really decompose, but linger and accumulate in the body “forever,” creating a health hazard over time.

The solution is natural spring water or other bottled water that is proven to be contaminant-free, right from the container you drink it.

Our water gives you the added advantage that it is delivered directly to your home or office, without your having to lug it home from the supermarket.

Think about it: health, convenience, and essentially the same price as water you buy in the store…

See the article below for a better understanding of what has just been uncovered by the EPA and why the government is so concerned.

‘Forever Chemicals’ Pose Bigger Health Risk Than First Thought: EPA

By Leigha Tierney, Web MD.

June 16, 2022 – It turns out that those so-called “forever chemicals” are worse for human health than previously thought, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said this week.
The EPA on Wednesday announced four new drinking water advisory limits for chemicals in the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl family, commonly known as PFAS. PFAS are lab-made chemicals that have been used for decades in products like cookware and stain-resistant fabrics.

They can also be found in fast-food wrappers, cosmetic products, and drinking water. They are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down easily in nature and can build up in the body over time. PFAS have been linked to thyroid problems, immune system issues, decreased birth weights, and various types of cancer.

In a nutshell, the EPA’s new health advisories say that these chemicals pose health risks even at low levels in drinking water. In the new advisories, the EPA guidelines recommend limited lifetime exposure levels to two of the most common PFAS chemicals known as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) to near zero, at 0.004 parts per trillion and 0.02 parts per trillion, respectively. This is a drastic reduction from the agency’s 2016 health advisory set at 70 parts per trillion.

The updated advisory levels, which are based on new science and consider lifetime exposure, indicate that some negative health effects may occur with concentrations of PFOA or PFOS in water that are near zero and below EPA’s ability to detect at this time,” the agency said in a news release. “The lower the level of PFOA and PFOS, the lower the risk to public health.”

The levels that the EPA now says are safe are 3,500 times lower than what they originally thought acceptable, USA Today reported.

“People on the front-lines of PFAS contamination have suffered for far too long. That’s why EPA is taking aggressive action to prevent these chemicals from entering the environment and to help protect concerned families from this pervasive challenge,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.

When announcing the new advisories, the EPA also issued first-time health advisories for two additional PFAS compounds — PFBS (perfluorobutane sulfonic acid and its potassium salt) and “GenX” chemicals (hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid and its ammonium salt) — which are considered substitutes for PFOA and PFOS.

“The GenX chemicals and PFBS health advisory levels are well above the level of detection, based on risk analyses in recent scientific studies,” agency officials said in the news release.

Although the production of PFOA and PFOS has decreased since 2002, and the CDC estimates that the levels of PFOA and PFOS in blood have decreased between 1999 and 2014, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences estimates that nearly all Americans (97%) have some level of PFAS in their blood.

“No one should have to worry about the safety of their drinking water,” said Melanie Benesh, the Environmental Working Group’s legislative attorney, in a statement. “These proposed advisory levels demonstrate that we must move much faster to dramatically reduce exposures to these toxic chemicals.”

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