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State studying how PFAS is getting into local water bodies

Sep 13, 2023

The Miami Valley is serving as a starting point for a state-led study of the origins of PFAS “forever” chemicals in Ohio’s water bodies, according to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials who say work is already underway.

PFAS, short for per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a toxic group of chemicals and have been detected in public water systems and private wells throughout the region and beyond. They take thousands of years to break down in the environment and accumulate in the body.

“My administration has worked to help Ohioans remediate water systems affected by PFAS,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “The next step after remediation is to attempt to identify the source of PFAS contamination, and we are going to begin with the Miami Valley where there is a great need for more information.”
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