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Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water Spur Senators’ Interest (2)

Aug. 28, 2018, 2:48 PMUpdated: Aug. 28, 2018, 6:11 PM

Michigan’s Democratic senators—and Republican senators from other states—want to know whether multiple new federal standards and extensive studies are justified for a family of ubiquitous chemicals that are contaminating drinking water across the country.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) called for a Senate subcommittee hearing—which will be held next month—to determine whether the Environmental Protection Agency needs to set multiple enforceable standards for poly- and perfluorinated chemicals instead of the agency’s current advisory level. The chemicals, contained in nonstick and stain-resistant coatings in clothing, fast-food wrappers, carpets, and other consumer products, are the subject of two bills that Sen....

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