In a press release
issued January 9, 2017, US EPA announced it has amended a 2009 Safe Drinking Water Act consent order to require two companies to take additional action to reduce exposure to PFOA perfluorooctanoic acid (a.k.a PFOA or C8) in drinking water for some residents in Ohio and West Virginia.
This action affects the requirements for providing drinking water to residents living near the Washington Works facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the companies named in the consent order at one time used PFOA to manufacture Teflon. When it was issued in 2009, the consent order included a temporary action level for PFOA of 0.40 parts per billion (ppb).
The amended consent order establishes a new, lower action level of 0.07 ppb of PFOA, based on a Lifetime Health Advisory
issued by EPA last year.
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