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California Lowers Reporting Level for Nonstick Chemicals (1)

Aug. 23, 2019, 9:48 PMUpdated: Aug. 23, 2019, 10:51 PM

California’s main water agency lowered the level of “forever chemicals” detected in water that would trigger notification requirements.

The updated State Water Resources Control Board guidelines change notification levels for two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, fluorinated chemicals that persist in the environment and have become ubiquitous in water supplies.

Water agencies will have to notify their governing board—whether it’s their own board of directors or local government legislators—if they detect concentrations of the chemicals in their water sources. The state guidelines lower the notification trigger from 14 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to 5.1 parts...

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