The P referrers to the class of 2,000 synthetic chemicals used to repel water, oils, and grease. Invented in the 1930s, the chemicals made things not stick to pans, water proof, or stain resistant. The CDC says they are in the bloodstream of 98% of Americans. There has been a lowering of standards avoids considered safe water from 0.2 µg/liter in 2009 with Obama to 0.07 in 2016 withTrump. There is a technically no federal legal limits on PFAs and drinking water. The environmental protection agency has recommended for what is considered safe. The CDC has published a major study that found the risks of effecting as 10 times lower than a person is as compared to the EPA standards says is safe. People are freaking out about this and likely so. Governor Rick Snyder it’s is asking legislature to approve millions of dollars to fight drinking water contamination. In 2018 at the EPA Summit on PFAs, the organization did not even allow journalists even coming into the meeting and some people are saying the government is delaying on taking action. The EPA is deliberating on whether it will take action on setting maximum contaminated levels for PFOAs and PFO’s in tapwater. A lot of people are saying the EPA is not moving fast enough and they are only focusing on two types of contamination, however, there is some sign of progress. In 2015 DuPont phased out the type of its PFAs and its tough on product people people are pushing for companies to clean up places that they’ve contaminated. As we continue to push for answers and solutions may be PFAs won’t stick around forever.
Here is my report from the EPA.