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The agency is looking to protect the country’s drinking water from harmful chemicals.

PFAS chemicals, also known colloquially as “forever chemicals,” are a particular subset of chemical agents that, according to studies, can remain in both natural sources and in the human body for years at a time, causing damage the longer they remain. Concerns about the presence of these chemicals in drinking water have been looming for years, but this week, the Environmental Protection Agency has begun to take a more active stand against them.

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