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Biden administration sets first national standard to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

By Jen Christensen, CNN (CNN) — The Biden administration finalized the first national standard to limit dangerous “forever chemicals” found in nearly half of the drinking water in the United States. Some environmentalists called the new rule a “huge breakthrough” and “historic” change that can help protect human health. The new standard is legally enforceable

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New EPA rules for about 200 US chemical manufacturers take aim at ‘cancer alleys’

By Brenda Goodman, CNN (CNN) — The US Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules on Tuesday to protect neighborhoods near more than 200 manufacturing facilities that release airborne toxins such as ethylene oxide, chloroprene, benzene, vinyl chloride, 1,3 butadiene and ethylene dichloride. According to EPA studies, about 104,000 Americans live within 6 miles of factories

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Toxic ‘forever’ chemicals found in excessive levels in global groundwater, study says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Potentially toxic chemicals called PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are found in surface and groundwaters around the world at levels much higher than many international regulators allow, a new study found. Called “forever chemicals” because they fail to break down fully in the environment, PFAS have been used since the

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