EPA Wants to Label Certain ‘Forever Chemicals’ As Hazardous Substances

CNN by Jen Christensen

Washington, DC – The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it proposes to label certain “forever chemicals” that are found in hundreds of household items and pollute drinking water systems across the country as hazardous substances. There are thousands of per-and poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. Since the 1940s, manufacturers have used the chemicals to make coatings and products that can repel water, grease, heat, and oil. The chemicals break down slowly over time and leach into water and soil, and have been found in the blood of people and animals. For the full text, click here.