This map will remind you why you can’t always trust your tap water
Fast Company - 06/09/2017
The chemical culprit, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), is, along with perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), one of two highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, known as PFCs, that are devastating to human health yet unregulated by the EPA. Leaked into water supplies by the chemical manufacturing processes of products like DuPont’s Teflon and 3M’s Scotchgard, the contaminants are linked to diseases like cancer, kidney failure, thyroid problems, and weakened immune systems.
A new mapping project from the Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University has detailed–using data from the EPA and information on publicly documented cases like Hoosick Falls–PFC pollution in the tap supplies of 15 million Americans in 27 states, and around 50 military and industrial sites (you can view the interactive map here).