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Rhode Island Town Investigates Source of PFOA in Drinking Water

Credit: Ambar Espinoza/RIPR

Credit: Ambar Espinoza/RIPR

Cumberland, Rhode Island popped up on a list of cities and towns that have unsafe levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. It’s used to make Teflon. It turns out those levels have dropped significantly in the town over the past year.

Now they’re within a safe threshold.

And that’s good news. The toxic chemical is linked to cancer, thyroid diseases and complications during pregnancy.

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