New Report Shows PFAS in Drinking Water of 43 States

According to a recent article from WQP, a study conducted by Northeastern University and the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group has revealed the presence of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in the drinking water supplies of sites in 43 of the 50 states.

Some of the study findings noted in the article include:

19 million people exposed to the chemicals via drinking water contamination across the United States

610 contaminated locations—which includes public water systems, military bases, and other sites

70 parts per trillion is the advised lifetime exposure to PFOA and PFOS from drinking water established by the EPA

Environmental Working Group created an interactive map that illustrates where PFAS contamination can currently be found across the nation. Michigan, New York, California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Florida, and Illinois are among the states with multiple contaminated drinking-water sites shown on the map.

Phil Brown, a Northeastern University professor of sociology and health sciences, is quoted in the WQP article saying: “The updated map shows that PFAS contamination is truly a nationwide problem, impacting millions of Americans in hundreds of communities.”