Members of Congress to question EPA, DoD on ‘forever chemicals’

video screenshot: Exposure to some types of PFAS linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages, developmental issues, and cancer.

Video screenshot, click link below to view: Exposure to some types of PFAS linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages, developmental issues, and cancer.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are increasingly raising concerns the government has not done enough to handle chemical contamination from military bases, airports and industrial sites around the country.

In the first of several expected hearings targeting the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump … [more…]

Dioxane detected in Ann Arbor drinking water from Barton Pond for first time

Dioxane detected in Ann Arbor drinking water from Barton Pond for first time

ANN ARBOR, MI – Recent lab tests at Ann Arbor’s water treatment plant indicated 1,4-dioxane in the city’s surface water supply and in the finished drinking water.

Results from samples collected Feb. 6 estimated concentrations of 0.061 parts per billion at the city’s intake in Barton Pond and 0.030 ppb in the treated drinking water.

The city released the results on Friday, March 1, saying it’s important to let city … [more…]

Is Our Water Supply Disrupting the Human Endocrine System?

photo: a hand at the running water faucet - hormone disruptors in water?

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Exposure to emerging contaminants, even at extremely low doses, can cause adverse health effects for humans, including endocrine disruption which can lead to developmental malformations, interference with reproduction, increased cancer risk and disturbances in the immune and nervous system functions. These emerging contaminants include pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hormones, perfluorinated alkyls and volatile organics, and they may pose a threat to both the environment and human health. … [more…]

Cancer-causing metal found in drinking water across N.J.

photo: chromium-6 (AKA hexavalent chromium) found in drinking water across the USA.

Nearly 200 million Americans, including many in New Jersey, have tap water that contains a toxin that can cause cancer even from minute exposures, according to a report by an advocacy group.

Chromium-6, a toxic metal that can cause liver damage, reproductive and developmental problems and cancer, was found in water systems in every New Jersey county, Environmental Working Group said in its report.

The toxin, also known as hexavalent … [more…]

EPA’s chemical decision worries Republicans

photo: EPA’s decision about PFOA, PFOS worries Republicans

In the House, some lawmakers are already calling for Congress to step in and force EPA to set a drinking water limit if the Trump administration does not act. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Key congressional Republicans voiced concerns Tuesday about the prospect that EPA will not set drinking water limits for two toxic chemicals — an issue that raises new hurdles for acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s bid to permanently lead … [more…]