Water Pollution

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Freshwater fish found to have high levels of ‘forever chemicals’

A new study found high levels of toxic “forever chemicals” in freshwater fish nationwide. Compared to store-bought fish, the fish examined in the study had an average of nearly 280 times more of these toxic chemicals called PFAS. Particularly high levels were found in fish caught in urban areas.
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Nitrifying Microorganisms Linked to Biotransformation of Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonamido Precursors from Legacy Aqueous Film-Forming Foams

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a diverse class of aliphatic organofluorine compounds that include thousands of precursors that can be abiotically and biotically transformed into terminal perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAA) of known health concern.   Widespread human exposures to PFAA through drinking water and dietary sources have been associated with many deleterious health outcomes.
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Soil and water pollution and human health: what should cardiologists worry about?

Pollution of air, water, and soil is responsible for at least 9 million deaths each year. More than 60% of pollution-related disease and death is due to cardiovascular disease. Recognizing the importance of pollution to human health, the European Commission and the EU Action Plan for 2050: A Healthy Planet for All, have determined that air, water, and soil pollution must be reduced to levels that cause no harm to human or ecosystem health.
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Massachusetts poised to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

Perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs—a group of toxic chemicals linked with health issues such as cancer, immune system problems, and thyroid disease—will likely be subject to new regulations in Massachusetts in 2020.
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