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New state bill would limit PFAS levels to 5 parts per trillion in public drinking water

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Marina Shemesh
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Michigan Democrats have reintroduced a bill to set a limit of 5 parts-per-trillion for PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

A new bill in the state Senate would set a limit of 5 parts per trillion for two common PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

PFOA and PFOS are part of a family of chemicals linked to serious health issues – including cancer.

Senator Winnie Brinks introduced the bill. She says research shows the current Environmental Protection Agency advisory level of 70 parts per trillion is too high.

As a representative last year, Brinks proposed a similar version that died in a state House committee.

Brinks talked to Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about why she thinks there's a better chance of the bill passing this year.

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Public staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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