New dashboard shows levels of “forever chemicals” in drinking water

 The Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently unveiled a new PFAs dashboard, to allow users to see levels of these “forever chemicals” in their drinking water.

During a virtual press conference yesterday, state officials said the Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with regulations for PFOs, some of the most common and most studied per- and poly-fluoro-alkyl chemicals.

Health officials advise avoiding PFAs-contaminated water, especially for pregnant and nursing women and bottle-fed infants.

Studies indicate that long-term effects may include damage to internal organs such as the liver.

Of the 900 public water systems in the states, 401 have been tested.

Bemidji’s water, according to the dashboard, has no PFAs detected.

PFAs were once detected in the city’s wells, but a new water treatment plant has been in operation for over a year.

Phase 2 of that plant will add additional capacity.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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