What is the acceptable PFAS level in drinking water?

The new legal safe exposure limit for PFOA and PFOS is 4 ppt each, levels that science shows are still dangerous to drink. However, the EPA has recently proposed levels for the two PFAS to 0.004 ppt and 0.02 ppt, respectively.

New EPA drinking water advisories set acceptable PFAS levels near zero

While in the past, the safe exposure limit for PFOA and PFOS was 70 ppt, this level was considered too high by multiple health and environmental agencies. Currently, the acceptable level for these two chemicals is 4 ppt in drinking water, but even so, scientists believe it is still too high to be safe. According to the newly proposed limits by the EPA, the safe exposure limit for PFOA would be 17,500 times lower than the former, while for PFOS, it would be 3,500 times lower than the old limit.

Up to 97% of Americans have detectable PFAS concentrations in their blood. Even exposure to low doses of these chemicals can be detrimental to human health, as PFAS tend to accumulate in the body and might lead to serious, life-threatening diseases over time. It takes 4 years for the PFAS level in the body to go down by half, but some level of “forever chemicals” will still remain in the blood. The main source of PFAS exposure among U.S. residents is drinking water, 45% of which contains these harmful chemicals.

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