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“Forever Chemicals” found in illinois drinking water


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When we think about chemicals in our drinking water, our minds often go to Flint, Michigan, but there are other potential health threats in our taps much closer to home. More than 100 community drinking water sources in the state show contamination of PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," because they can take hundreds or thousands of years to break down in the environment and in the body. 

To hear more, The 21st spoke to an environment and public health reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times who has been following the story

This segment originally aired on August 9, 2021. 


Brett Chase, Reporter, Environment, Planning and Public Health, Chicago Sun-Times


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