New legislation has been approved by the US Congress, targeting polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), for regulation as a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). These compounds are extremely persistent in the environment, and are toxic to humans and animals. But they are used in many products that touch our day-to-day living, including non-stick pans, firefighting foams, furniture, and rugs. EPA has drafted drinking water protection regulations to limit the compound to 70 parts per trillion (micrograms per liter) water.
While these compounds are persistent, we have little information on the amounts of these compounds in our recreational waters. Pontchartrain Conservancy wants to collect samples in our basin wide monitoring program to obtain region-specific data.
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