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New Study Undercuts EPA Safety Limit for Chemicals

June 21, 2018

The Intelligencer
By Kyle Bagenstose

Safety limits proposed in a new draft study are lower than those behind the EPA’s recommended limits for chemicals in local water supplies.

A draft federal study released Wednesday undercuts safety levels, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, for toxic perfluorinated chemicals. The findings of the study have implications for Bucks and Montgomery County communities impacted by drinking water contaminated with the chemicals, also known as PFAS.

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Tim Bergere, an environmental attorney at Philadelphia law firm Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, represents the Warminster and Warrington water authorities. He said the ATSDR report presents “serious questions” about the local contamination.

“The Warminster Authority still has wells which are out of service because PFAS compounds are present, but below the current 70 ppt (limit),” Bergere wrote in an email. “That is because the Navy and Air National Guard are unwilling to provide the resources needed to put treatment on those wells.”

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