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Pa. moving forward with rule to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in water

On Tuesday, the Department of Environmental Protection presented a draft rule on PFAS standards for the state’s nearly 3,000 public water systems to EQB.

By Rachel McDevitt

Does PFAS exposure affect COVID-19 illness and vaccine effectiveness? Researchers want to know

Studies at Rutgers and elsewhere are looking at possible links. The chemicals can cause serious health problems, including immune system effects.

By Zoë Read/WHYY

How a lab works to seek and destroy the harmful chemicals known as PFAS

With about 4,700 different PFAS, these ‘forever chemicals’ are a formidable issue to tackle. The Center for PFAS Solutions can test for 40 of them.

By Zoë Read/WHYY

Environmental advocates applaud EPA plan to address PFAS, but say more is needed

The agency said the three-year plan would prevent this class of toxic chemicals from being released into the environment and speed up the cleanup process.

By Zoë Read/WHYY

Environmental group sets its hopes high for EPA’s coming PFAS ‘roadmap’

Advocates with the Environmental Working Group want EPA’s plan to set standards for drinking water and groundwater cleanup, as well as to set limits on industrial discharges.

By Zoë Read/WHYY

Updated: July 27, 2021 | 10:21 am

DEP to propose limits on PFAS-family chemicals that it says balance cost and public health

One environmental group has consistently advocated for stricter limits than what the agency is recommending.

By Jon Hurdle

PFAS report identifies hundreds of Pa. manufacturing sites

The so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are linked to a range of health problems.

By Brett Sholtis

Delaware County sues PFAS makers for contamination at fire-fighting sites

Delaware County’s district attorney said contamination could have been prevented if companies that made the chemicals “had been honest with consumers.”

By Jon Hurdle

Pa. congresswoman’s proposal would offer legal avenue for medical monitoring of PFAS exposure

In Bucks and Montgomery counties, PFAS contaminated local water through firefighting foam used at two military bases.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY