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Illinois EPA to test state's drinking water

Illinois EPA to test state's drinking water

1 week, 6 days ago by Scott Hardy

Worried about PFAS

The state of Illinois says it will test all of the state's water supplies, including Quincy's, to detect any traces of what it calls an emerging contaminant.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it plans to conduct a statewide investigation into the prevalence and occurrence of per- and poly-fluoro-alkyl substances, or PFAS, in drinking water in all the state's over 17 hundred community water supplies. PFAS are man-made chemicals that used for waterproofing and fighting stains. The state says that the chemicals don't break down when released into the environment, and move easily into surface and groundwater.

The Illinois EPA says that data gathered as part of the investigation will help them develop future regulatory standards. The investigation is expected to take 12 to 15 months to complete.

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