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MacDill - The Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5)

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has established a new rule to manage PFAS, which is a collection of chemicals used in the U.S. since the 1940s. The chemicals are in everything from yoga pants and eyeliner to carpets and food packaging. Over time, these chemicals have made their way into the air, soil, and water.

The EPA has reviewed extensive research and science currently available on how PFAS affects public health and concluded that even a low level of exposure over time can cause illness and decrease the quality of life. The EPA also concluded that short term PFAS exposure during critical life stages such as pregnancy or early childhood can also result in adverse health impacts. Therefore, the EPA has set Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFAS chemicals to protect public health.

Samples have already been taken in some of the FGUA’s water systems. Water customers will be notified when results are available for any sampling that has occurred in their system. Any detectable results obtained from samples will be included in the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Delivery of notifications to water customers shall comply with the applicable reporting requirements set by the EPA.

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