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PFASs Chemicals – Protecting Our Drinking Water And Our Health

August 9, 2019

PFASs are a class of human-made chemicals which includes Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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Protecting Drinking Water From Hazardous Spills

July 10, 2018

UPDATE: August 22, 2019

Today EPA finalized its Do-Nothing Rule. Our response, from Program Director Lynn Thorp:

EPA wants to open a big loophole for water polluters

The Water Polluter Loophole

March 23, 2018

UPDATE: On April 15, EPA announced that it would not protect surface waters contaminated with pollution that first moves through groundwater.

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Background: Federal Regulation of Lead in Drinking Water

August 26, 2016

As the crisis in Flint, Michigan has unfolded, there has been a renewed focus on lead and other contaminants in drinking water. The Federal Government regulates lead in drinking water, primarily through the Lead and Copper Rule.

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Harmful Algal Outbreaks and Drinking Water

August 26, 2016

In summer 2014 the residents in and around Toledo, Ohio were told not to drink, cook, or bathe with the water from their faucets.

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Lead and Drinking Water

April 21, 2016

Lead is a highly poisonous metal and can affect almost every organ in the body and the nervous system. It is a naturally occurring element found, due to human activity, in all parts of our environment.