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WHYY’s ‘The Why’: Pa.’s widening PFAS water-contamination crisis

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Jessica Cutaiar never liked the taste of the well water at her Sellersville home. Now she knows it is contaminated with PFAS, a chemical used in fire retardant foam.

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Jessica Cutaiar never liked the taste of the well water at her Sellersville home. Now she knows it is contaminated with PFAS, a chemical used in fire retardant foam.

A class of toxic chemicals called PFAS were recently discovered in private water wells in Bucks County.

It came as a surprise because the homes are 15 miles away from the former military air bases bases in Bucks and Montgomery counties that have been at the epicenter of PFAS water contamination in the region.

In this episode of WHYY’s “The Why,” reporter Dana Bate explains why the problem is so difficult to address in Pennsylvania.

 



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