What to know about the EPA's plan to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

A glass of tap water sits on a counter  in Montreal, Quebec, on July 26, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians from coast to coast have been unwittingly exposed to levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Mich., according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results.
A glass of tap water sits on a counter.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to regulate so-called "forever chemicals." Known as PFAS, these chemicals are found in a variety of household products and have been linked to health problems, including some cancers. The chemicals have contaminated water supplies throughout the U.S., including here in Minnesota.

MPR News reporter Kirsti Marohn joined Minnesota Now with Cathy Wurzer to help us unpack the EPA’s new plan.

Plus, Tom Johnson, Minnesota Toxics Program Organizer at Clear Water Action, joined the show to tell us about clean water advocates working toward more regulation of PFAS.

For Marohn’s full story, click here: What the EPA's plan to regulate 'forever chemicals' means for Minnesota.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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