About the Weekly Contaminant Roundup: Each week we bring to you headlines from around the world where water contaminants pose issues for local communities. From arsenic to PFAS, contaminants can be found in various levels and forms and should be addressed with in order to maintain clean water for all. This is your weekly dose of water contaminant news.
November 8, 2019 – EPA has proposed new testing methods for measuring the toxicity of PFAS and is seeking public comments on its proposed evaluation methods. The rule-making process, which covers five commercial versions of PFAS, could take years to complete.
November 4, 2019 – A yearlong investigation by more than 120 journalists has found that hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. The team collected tests results from 11 Canadian cities and found that one third of tests performed since 2014 exceeded the Canadian national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion.
October 27, 2019 – A new update to the EWG’s Tap Water Database shows drinking water test results from 50,000 local utilities in 50 states. The database reports on 278 contaminants detected by local utilities, including those which have no federal standard.
October 24, 2019 – Thirteen cities in Michigan so far have tested above the federal action level for lead, thanks to a new state requirement for how cities test for lead in drinking water. Michigan’s new Lead and Copper Rule means cities must take and test more samples and must replace all lead service lines by 2040.