EPA outlines plan for toxic chemicals in water

Environmental Protection Agency announcing today their plan to deal with toxins and local drinking water new success Vanessa Araiza is live along Northwest Gainesville Road in Ocala by the Florida State Fire College where tests made the dangerous discovery Vanessa Lisa we spoke with residents who live within a mile of the fire college two of those residents telling us that they now have filtration systems in their yard that was given to them and put in there by the county’s Health Department they say that’s great and they are appreciative that steps are being taken but they’re just hoping that the damage isn’t already done we caught up with Helen Lawson as water containers were picked up at her home it’s a weekly occurrence after her well water was tested late last year she lives about a half-mile down from the State Fire College we’re testing was conducted in August it revealed toxic chemicals used in fire retardant seeped into nearby drinking water including Lawson’s they told us our water was tainted with some chemicals from the spray foam at the fire College first time we heard it is this going to kill us the Health Department has been involved getting residents bottles of water paying for filtered water and just a few weeks ago installing filtration systems now action is being taken even further today’s announcement is a historic moment for the agency and the American public it took groundbreaking efforts to develop this plan this is the first time we have utilized all of our program offices to deal with an emerging chemical of concern this morning in Philadelphia EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said they will now regulate a set of harmful chemicals found in drinking water the same ones found in Okawa and coming up tonight at 5:30 we’ll def more into the steps that the EPA plans to take to combat these toxic chemicals as well as the timeline that they have set before themselves but for now live in Ocala Vanessa Araiza getting results news six Vanessa thank you the chemicals in Marion County are the same chemicals that have caused concerns in Brevard County they were used in fire extinguishing foams at Patrick Air Force Base the military reported they had seeped in the groundwater and Brevard schools found trace amounts in drinking water at nine beachside schools some believed it sparked an unusually high number of cancer cases but the State Health Department concluded there was no evidence of a cancer cluster News 6 has been following the water concerns not only in Central Florida but all across the state we have an entire page dedicated to our coverage just go to click Orlando dot-com / water

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