Ohio governor announces plan for toxic chemical testing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor is announcing how the state will test for potentially harmful chemicals in the state’s drinking water.

The manmade chemicals known as PFAS have been turning up in drinking water and some foods across the U.S. The chemicals are used in products ranging from carpeting, cookware, microwave popcorn bags and firefighting foam.

DeWine said Monday that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will coordinate the testing of nearly 1,500 public water systems serving communities, schools, daycares and mobile home parks.

If the chemicals are detected, the EPA will work with public systems to reduce their levels. The state Health Department will also work with private water system owners on ways to reduce exposure and install treatment systems.

The state hopes to complete sampling of public water systems by the end of next year.

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