Federal Study On Health Effects Of PFAS, Delayed By EPA, Released

Blood tests. A new federal report looks at the long-term health effects of PFOA.

Blood tests. A new federal report looks at the long-term health effects of PFOA.

A new federal report on the health effects of perfluorinated compounds, including PFOA, could force Vermont to lower its safe drinking water standard.

The report weighs in at more-than-850-pages and looks at the long-term health effects of 14 different chemicals.

Vermont state toxicologist Sarah Vose says that while the report is a draft at this point, it does include new information the state didn't have when it set its safe drinking water standard at 20 parts per trillion.

According to Politico, the Trump Administration allegedly suppressed the report since January 2018.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walke says the state has been anticipating the report as it continues to work to protect the people who have contaminated water.

Alexis Temkin of the Environmental Working Group says the study represents the most comprehensive report to date on the human health effects of chemicals like PFOA. And she says individuals and public drinking water utilities need to look closer at PFAS contamination now that it's clear there's an effect on human health.

The study addresses many of the assumed health risks associated with the chemicals such as thyroid disease, high cholesterol and fertility issues and concludes that PFOA likely causes cancer.

Full Report Here.