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Chemical companies challenge new US EPA water standards

A coalition of chemical and manufacturing groups has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's new regulation requiring the cleanup of PFAS, chemicals linked to cancer and other health risks, from drinking water.

Hiroko Tabuchi reports for The New York Times.

In short:

  • The EPA's new rule mandates the near-complete removal of PFAS from municipal water systems, a move expected to save thousands of lives and prevent serious illnesses.
  • Industry groups argue that the rule exceeds the EPA's authority and underestimates the costs, potentially leading to higher water rates for taxpayers.
  • The regulation is based on the best available science, with the EPA prepared for potential litigation.

Key quote:

“Everyone should be able to turn on the tap and know that the glass of water they fill is safe to drink.”

— Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality

Why this matters:

Ensuring safe drinking water is vital for public health, as PFAS are linked to severe health issues, including cancer. The legal battle could impact nationwide efforts to ensure safe drinking water and hold chemical manufacturers accountable. Read more: What will the EPA’s new regulations for “forever chemicals” in drinking water mean for Pennsylvania?

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