HHS Unveils Controversial Drinking Water Contaminant Study

Law360 (June 20, 2018, 9:00 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an eagerly anticipated study Wednesday that said there should be a much stricter standard for human exposure to two drinking water contaminants than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's study determined that perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate can be harmful to humans at respective levels of around one-sixth and one-tenth those asserted by the EPA.

In a 2016 notice, the EPA said that over an average person's lifetime, there should be no harm from either chemical in drinking water if it is concentrated...

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