Boston Globe: ‘Forever chemicals’ pervade drinking water sources on Cape Cod, study finds

by | Mar 9, 2021 | Press

The compounds have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and suppression of the immune system.

The primary source of drinking water for tens of thousands of people on Cape Cod has elevated levels of toxic chemicals, according to a new study. Scientists at Harvard University found that several watersheds on the upper Cape around Mashpee had 40 times more PFAS — known as “forever chemicals” because they never fully degrade — than new state rules allow. The compounds have been linked to cancer, low infant birth weights, and suppression of the immune system.

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