One in Five New Jersey residents drinks, cooks with, and bathes in tap water containing PFOA – a manmade chemical linked to cancer and child developmental problems – according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) was widely used as a surfactant in waterproofing and non-stick applications, such as in cookware and fabric coatings, before it was phased out in 2002 because of health concerns. Also known as C8, PFOA recirculates through the environment because it never breaks down. According to EWG’s study, in no other state are more people using PFOA-contaminated water than ... Read More
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