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State Gets EPA Funding To Address ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water

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West Virginia will receive federal funds to help eliminate “forever chemicals” from drinking water.

The Department of Environmental Protection will receive $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address PFAS in drinking water sources.

The state agency will use the funds to engage with communities in the Northern and Eastern panhandles and develop PFAS Action Plans.

PFAS are a group of around 10,000 manmade chemicals that have been used to manufacture both industrial and consumer products.

The U.S. Geological Survey found them in 67 of the state’s 279 raw water systems, with clusters in the Eastern Panhandle and Ohio River Valley.

The EPA has proposed legally enforceable limits for PFAS in water systems nationwide.