CDC Publishes Study Covered Up by EPA, Revealing Extreme Toxicity of Teflon Chemicals

June 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Now the chemicals contaminate the drinking water of 6 million Americans, and the pots, pans, carpets and furniture of many more

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blocked publication of a federal study for months apparently because of the “public relations nightmare” it would create.

The study revealed that perfluoroalkyl chemicals, or PFAs, which American homes are inundated with, are far more toxic than the agency previously thought.

The report was finally released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, revealing the chemicals endanger human health at far lower levels than the EPA previously called “safe.”

Perfluoroalkyl chemicals, or PFAs, are man-made chemicals used in everything from carpets and frying pan coatings to military firefighting foams. They’ve long been used in products like Scotchguard fabric protector and Teflon pots and pans.

They’re known to linger in the environment and contaminate water systems and have been linked to birth defects, infertility, problems in pregnancy, high infant mortality, thyroid disorders, certain cancers, and heightened cholesterol levels.

The new CDC report sets the safe limit for these chemicals up to ten times lower than what the EPA currently allows.

For example, in 2016 the EPA warned of the hazards of exposure to PFOA and PFOS at levels above 70 parts per trillion.

The updated CDC assessment found that exposure to the chemicals at 10 parts per trillion — the equivalent size of 10 grains of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool — could have disastrous health impacts on sensitive populations such as infants and breastfeeding mothers.

The EPA and White House suppressed the study because of the “public relations nightmare” they knew it would create, a White House aide reportedly told Politico.

“The EPA was likely hesitant to make this information public because it makes its own job much harder, and much more expensive,” TreeHugger speculated.

An estimated 6 million Americans get their drinking water from sources that exceed the EPA’s safe limit, from New York to Michigan to West Virginia. The contamination is especially bad around plants that manufacture the chemicals and military bases

Already the Department of Defense is struggling to clean up contaminated water sources at over 600 military bases across the U.S., due to PFAs in firefighting foam.

“A government study concluding that the chemicals are more dangerous than previously thought could dramatically increase the cost of cleanups at sites like military bases and chemical manufacturing plants, and force neighboring communities to pour money into treating their drinking water supplies,” Politico reported.