Forty-three areas, including New York City, Nashville, Las Vegas and Sacramento, had detectable PFAS at least 1 part per trillion. Because “water” we doing if we aren’t even getting a better handle on this issue? And here’s further evidence of how forever these PFAS can be. Bottom line, if someone offers you PFAS in your water, say, “no thanks.”. It rhymes with water. If someone tells you that their bottled water is free of PFAS, how would you really know? ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Your Drinking Water, It Is Worse Than Previously Thought. All of this is quite different from what the EPA had found when it last conducted nationwide testing of public water systems for PFAS between 2013 and 2015, back when there was still only one Jumanji movie around. HPFO-DA’s high persistence and high mobility in water are expected to result in ever increasing exposure over time, including in the absence of natural possibility to remove it from the environment once emitted – hence its nickname of ‘forever chemical’. "That's really scary, and I believe it," she told USA TODAY. The EPA currently has a non-enforceable limit of PFAS levels at 70 parts per trillion, but has not yet established a "maximum contaminant level" that can be enforced by federal and local governments. The highest concentrations, which exceeded the EPA's guidelines, were found in Brunswick County in North Carolina and in the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois at rates surpassing 100 parts per trillion. PFAS compounds remain in food packaging, cookware and other consumer products. Nonetheless, the EWG report had the Bergen County, New Jersey, sample at 51.4 parts per trillion of PFAS. Meridian is the sixth largest city in the state of Mississippi. And if you happen to drink water because you are human and not a robot, a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has got some bad news for you. According to the supporting dossier, exposure to HPFO-DA can be linked to toxicity for the liver, the kidney, the blood, and the immune system, and suspicions of carcinogenicity and endocrine disrupting effects for humans also exist. Dangerous chemicals used to create nonstick cookware and fire-fighting foams are showing up in our food. "It's hard to make regulation when there's no direct link.". She's alarmed by the finding. The City of Lakes, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was even higher at 14.2. Nothing lasts forever. Only one city, Meridian, Mississippi, which uses well water 700 feet below the surface, found no PFAS, while Tuscaloosa, Alabama  and Seattle had levels lower than the 1 part per trillion limit advised by the EWG. As the Dire Straits sang, that ain’t working. An EPA spokesperson told USA TODAY that efforts to address PFAS are "active and ongoing," citing an action plan that would take "important steps" in the detecting and cutting down on PFAS. After all, doesn’t our country act quickly once it finds a unhealthy pollutant around? I have authored over 200 scientific publications and three books. The Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana, easily topped the aforementioned with a 41.8 reading. Three. Per Reuters, a drafted report from an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2018 argued that the 70 parts per trillion threshold should be up to 10 times lower than what is recommended. These are the Keith Richards of chemicals, known as “forever chemicals” because they can survive for years without really breaking down. Well, the EWG report pointed out that the EPA had tested for much fewer PFAS compounds and did not show the full spectrum of PFAS contamination levels. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched the report Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health providing the first-ever comparison of fossil fuel subsidies and the costs to health associated with air pollution from fossil fuels. Guess how many locations had PFAS levels below one part per trillion threshold? Bowing to EPA pressure, companies have already phased out the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). One. How much PFAS is in that glass? The report, published by the Environmental Working Group, found that 20 cities and regions nationwide – including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and Louisville, Kentucky – contained PFAS levels of at least 10 parts per trillion. Avenue des Arts 7/8 'Cancer-linked' chemicals in Chipotle, Sweetgreen packaging? Yet, the EWG study found PFOA in 30 and PFOS in 34 of the 44 samples. "EWG endorses a health-based drinking water guideline of 1 (part per trillion) for all PFAS to be protective of children’s health," said co-author Sydney Evans, a science analyst with the EWG, in an emails to USA TODAY, citing research that suggests vaccines may be less effective on children with high levels of PFAS. (Photo: Getty). Healthcare. The report authored by Sydney Evans, David Andrews, Ph.D., Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., and Olga Naidenko, Ph.D. from the EWG painted a grim picture. It must also be phased out in fire departments nationwide by 2024. Yeah, this isn’t United Fantasy Land. Forever chemicals have infiltrated water across 43 states nationwide, impacting the drinking supply of about 19 million Americans. My previous positions include serving as Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins University, Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, and Senior Manager at Quintiles Transnational, working in biotechnology equity research at Montgomery Securities, and co-founding a biotechnology/bioinformatics company.