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EPA proposes first-ever PFAS drinking water standards

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Communities contaminated by PFAS chemicals are celebrating a monumental step in federal regulations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced the first-ever national drinking water standard for toxic PFAS chemicals

Michigan already has PFAS drinking water standards, they set maximum limits on the allowed level of eight of the chemicals in drinking water.

But the EPA’s proposed standards are more protective and apply to everyone.

“It’s one of those things you don’t believe until it really happens.”

Cathy Wusterbarth is with the Oscoda citizen group Need Our Water. She says the standards, if enacted, will spur more clean-up in her community.

“There are dozens of water supplies that would be impacted by these numbers. And I think the State of Michigan needs to be ready for that, and I know that community members are ready.”

The state says it welcomes a more “unified and consistent approach” to PFAS, but it’s too soon to say what this means for regulation in Michigan.

The standards still need to go through a comment period before they can be enacted later this year.

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