Which Illinois water systems have high amounts of PFAS, and how can exposure be avoided?

Read the full story in the Belleville News-Democrat.

A harmful chemical linked to cancer and other illnesses was detected above state guidance levels earlier this year in six southwestern Illinois areas: Collinsville, East St. Louis, Eldred, Hardin, East Alton and Wood River.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency released multiple health advisories related to PFAS in 2021. The guidance aims to help local officials and community water supply operators assess toxicity and risk in any given system, though it is not enforceable.

The state is working to develop PFAS requirements, but in the meantime it’s up to residents, municipalities and water suppliers to decide if they will take action.

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