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Scientists Slam WHO’s ‘Weak’ Proposed Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water

By Common Dreams

By Kenny Stancil 

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft drinking water guidelines for two “forever chemicals” reveal a “striking and inappropriate disregard of the best available science” and must be “extensively revised” to adequately protect public health.

So wrote former U.S. government scientists Betsy Southerland and Linda Birnbaum in an article published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The stakes are extremely high, according to Southerland, the former director of science and technology at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, and Birnbaum, the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

That’s because once finalized, the WHO’s regulatory framework for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water is likely to be adopted by many countries.

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