New data shows toxic chemicals in NYC tap water

photo: public drinking fountain - New data shows NYC tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia Commons/ Darwin Bell

New York City praises the quality of its tap water as "world-renowned," but a new trove of data tells a bit of a different story. Earlier this week, nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group released a database detailing the toxic chemicals that are present in drinking water systems across the country. The data, sourced from the Health Department and an assessment by the Environmental Protection … [more…]

PFCs Found To Contaminate Water Supplies For 15 Million People

A new study highlights the scope of drinking water contamination by perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the U.S. The study released last week by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northeastern University in Boston shows PFCs are found in “drinking water for 15 million Americans in 27 states,” TIME reported. “Of the 47 locations where the source of PFCs contamination in drinking water supplies is known or suspected in the


Mapping a Water Contamination Crisis

Bill Walker, Managing Editor, and Soren Rundquist, Director of Spatial Analysis

PFCs Pollute Tap Water for 15 Million People, Dozens of Industrial Sites

The known extent of the contamination of U.S. communities with PFCs – highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, also known as PFASs, [*] that have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and other health problems – continues to expand with no end in sight.

New research from … [more…]