15M Americans' drinking water tainted with chemical

15M Americans' drinking water tainted with chemical
Posted at 4:15 PM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 16:15:00-04

(CNN) - You might want to take a close look at that glass of water.

It appears many Americans, possibly up to 15 million, are drinking tainted water.

That's according to a study released by Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group.

They say they found perfluorochemicals, or PFC's, in 162 drinking water systems across the U.S.

PFC's are often used in products like cookware and waterproof clothing.

Manufacturers have claimed the dangerous PFC’s are no longer used in these products.

The toxic chemicals are linked to health issues like cancer and weakened immune systems.

PFC's are not classified as a federally regulated water contaminant like lead or arsenic.

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