Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

PITTSBURGH—Thousands of Pennsylvanians have been exposed to dangerous chemicals in their drinking water without knowing it, including people in the Pittsburgh region, but state-level regulations on the toxics remain at least two years away, according to state officials.

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The Coraopolis Water and Sewer Authority board at its Dec. 18, 2019 meeting. (Credit: Oliver Morrison/PublicSource)

Coraopolis, Pa., approves additional testing and upgrades to address PFAS chemical presence in its drinking water

Editor's note: This story was originally published by PublicSource and is part of an ongoing collaboration between Environmental Health News and PublicSource on PFAS contamination in Pennsylvania.
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State test results show that Coraopolis has some of the highest levels of PFAS contamination in its drinking water, though it doesn't exceed the federal advisory level. (Photo via Unsplash)

Coraopolis drinking water shows PFAS contamination among highest in Pennsylvania, but below federal advisory

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Pittsburgh's Neville Island residents could have been drinking PFAS-contaminated water for a month, township officials say

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Members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing Fire Department conduct training on July 7, 2007, on the Air National Guard base near Pittsburgh International Airport. Firefighting foam has been one of the largest sources of PFAS contamination. (U.S. Air Force photo taken by MSgt. Stacey Barkey)

Former firefighters describe how they used foam with PFAS chemicals at Pittsburgh's airport for decades

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PFAS contamination is likely at Pittsburgh airport. Airports may face legal challenges by doing nothing.

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between Environmental Health News and PublicSource on PFAS contamination in Pennsylvania and was funded in part through the Bridge Pittsburgh Media Partnership.

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Report details PFAS contamination near Pittsburgh airport that ‘likely’ extends beyond military base boundaries

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