Study to Include New Risk Levels for Water Contaminants, Health Agency Says

Study to Include New Risk Levels for Water Contaminants, Health Agency Says

An unreleased draft study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) that senior administration officials moved to block in January will include new recommendations on the maximum levels of exposure to PFOA or PFOS that “a person can eat, drink, or breathe each day without a detectable risk to health,” the agency told Military Times. “The body of knowledge about [the chemicals] is emerging quickly,” it said. “We are working with the EPA, DOD and other federal partners to provide consistent and proper interpretation of the role of [minimum risk levels] and how they should be used and interpreted.”

The agency’s comments follow the release of emails last week from EPA revealing that officials from that agency and the White House acted to delay publication of the ATSDR study about the risk of PFOA and PFOS, chemicals responsible for contaminating drinking water at 126 active and closed installations. There is not a new date yet for the study’s release for public comment, ATSDR said.

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