The Department of Health in New York State has proposed a plan for expanding notifications about harmful PFAS chemicals found in drinking water.
Currently, residents are informed about only two PFAS substances.
The new proposal would extend this to cover an additional 23 chemicals, provided they show up at levels between two and five parts per trillion.
These toxins, found in products like food packaging, paint, and pesticides, are concerning as they do not break down over time and can contaminate soil, air, and water.
The health risks associated with PFAS include thyroid disease, kidney and testicular cancer, preeclampsia, among others.
The hope is that greater transparency will empower New Yorkers to advocate for their water utilities and the Department of Health to take action in cleaning up these chemicals.
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