New York Residents Have PFOAs in their Tap Water

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Article courtesy of Mike Groll | November 14th, 2016 | CBS News | Shared as educational material.

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In the upstate New York, residents have a new worry: their tap water may have exposed them to a chemical linked to cancer. PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonate, has been linked to cancer, thyroid problems, and other serious health issues. About 1,500 people were tested near an air base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and found to have slightly elevated levels of the chemicals. In the rural villages of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, New York, where plastics plants are being held liable for PFOA in public and private wells, tests of about 3,000 residents that began in February have found PFOA blood levels as high as 500 times the national average. Read more about it here.

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