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“SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency director John J. Kim announced Thursday the issuance of health advisories for four chemicals in accordance with Illinois groundwater regulations.

Health advisories are issued when there is detection of a chemical substance(s) harmful to human health for which no numeric groundwater standard(s) exists, and resampling confirms the presence in a community water supply well (35 Ill. Adm. Code 620.605).

The four chemicals specified in the health advisories — perfluorobutanesulfonic acid, perfluorohexanesulfonic acid, perfluorohexanoic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid — are compounds included in the family of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their persistence over time in surface water and groundwater. Each health advisory contains a general description of the chemical, information on carcinogenicity and potential adverse health effects, and a guidance level…”