Study: Unsafe levels of toxic industrial chemicals found in Ohio drinking water

Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 11:53:34-04

An unsafe amount of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems exists in Ohio drinking water.

That's according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

According to the study, drinking water in 13 states contains high levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances.

PFASs have been used for more than 60 years in industrial and commercial products like food wrappers and pots and pans but have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, high cholesterol and obesity. 

For the study, researchers looked at 36,000 water samples collected by the EPA. 

The study found PFASs were detectable in 194 out of 4,864 water supplies in 33 states.

Drinking water from 13 states accounted for 75 percent of the detections, including: California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois.