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“A new report provides a detailed look at levels of a class of chemical compounds known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in public drinking water systems across Maryland.

The report, prepared by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), describes the results of sampling of nearly 130 drinking water treatment plants serving about 4.3 million people, or about 70% of Maryland’s population. Samples from two water systems showed levels greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory level for those compounds. The report describes actions taken in response by MDE and others to protect public health.

‘Maryland is committed to reducing the risks of PFAS chemicals in our state and continuing our close coordination with scientific, local, state, and federal partners,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “Our report on PFAS in public water systems serving the majority of Marylanders is a big step forward in understanding, communicating, and reducing the potential for harm.”