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Environmental groups condemn the “limited” study on PFAS by environmental groups

Environmental groups condemn the “limited” study on PFAS by environmental groups

Environmental activists and activists from across the state are trying convince officials at the Environmental Protection Agencyto expand studies into an environment containment they believe could negatively impactNorth Carolinians.

A coalition of N.C.-based environmental organizations petitioned the EPA in October to expand their planned study on PFAS (or polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS chemicals are chemicals that can be found naturally in the soil, air, and water.

According to the EPA PFAS can also find their way into people’s bodies via liquids and food they eat.

“Because they are widespread use and their persistence within the environment, many PFAS can be found in blood of people and animals around the world and at low levels in a variety food products and the environment,” reads a section of the EPA’s website on PFAS. “PFAS can be found at various locations around the country and the world in water, soil, air, fish and soil.

The October petition outlines the dangers PFAS pose.

The petition stated that PFAS have caused significant concern in the U.S. because of their persistence, potential to bio-accumulate and widespread presence in living beings, products and the environment. It also demonstrated adverse health effects at low doses.

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