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“ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Asheville residents who drink water from their tap might want to consider data that shows elevated levels of nine potentially toxic contaminants, including the man-made synthetic chemical PFAS.

National nonprofit raises concerns about Asheville’s drinking water

‘Cancer is just one among many potential causes of harm of PFAS,’ said Sydney Evans, a scientific analyst for Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Environmental Working Group. ‘We have found PFAS in drinking water across the United States, including in Asheville.’

PFAS, short for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, has become known as a compound that doesn’t break down and, once ingested, can stay in the human body forever. It’s been used by consumer manufacturers in non-stick Teflon-coated pans, paints and consumer product packaging. Manufacturers also use the toxic compound in production at plants.

Even in small amounts, PFAS has been linked to human cancers, scientists have reported.” …