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Posts tagged "regulation"

You might assume that once a chemical is found to be toxic, it gets regulated and products swap the chemical out for safer options. However, a substitution chemical can be just as toxic or even more toxic than the chemical it is replacing. This is the story of GenX–the toxic PFAS alternative.

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Aluminum is considered a sustainable alternative to plastic, but has some ties to serious neurological disorders like Alzheimer's Disease. In this Tips for Taps piece, we ask (and answer), "Is aluminum toxic enough to be a health concern for your drinking water?"

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Toxic Substances Control Act requires the EPA to keep a list of all chemicals made or processed in the US. To date, there are over 86,000 chemicals in this inventory. However, loopholes in the laws for testing these chemicals have allowed thousands of potentially harmful products to enter the environment. Find out why in this newest Tips for Taps article.

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One of the many proposed changes to the EPA's updated Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is aimed at creating better practices around lead testing and treatment. Although these drinking water regulations have existed since 1991, this is the first time a federal law would specifically require utilities to test the safety of schools they service. Read more to find out what this could mean for your children's schools.

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Given the 80,000+ chemicals on the market, it's no surprise that there are many we just don't know much about. Such chemicals, called "emerging contaminants," enter our drinking water in a variety of ways. In this piece, we ask: what are contaminants of emerging concern, what challenges can they present for researchers and regulators, and how you can protect yourself against the potential risks?

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Lead is one of the scariest things to find in your child's school. Whether you're a parent or administrator – you probably want to know what's next. There are short- and long-term responses to finding lead in your school. We cover what you need to know in this "what's next" guide about lead in schools.

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There are thousands of acronyms used by the EPA, water engineers, and public health practitioners. When it comes to understanding them all–it is no surprise that many folks get confused. We're here to provide clarity on some of these important water-related acronyms that you'll see over and over again.

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Water supplies for more than 7 million Americans in 27 states are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. This industrial chemical has been detected at levels higher than what federal scientists say poses a minimal lifetime risk of cancer, according to an EWG analysis.

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