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Detecting 'forever chemicals' like PFAS is costly and difficult

The federal government says it will soon tighten regulations around a group of contaminants linked to cancer and other illnesses. Labs are now looking for ways to detect these "forever chemicals".

The federal government says it will soon tighten regulations around a family of chemicals linked to cancer called "PFAS". PFAS are in so many things we use every day from drinking water to cookware, sunscreen, even clothes. But as Patrick Skahill from member station Connecticut Public Radio reports, tracking down these contaminants is costly and difficult.

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Patrick Skahill is a reporter at WNPR. He covers science and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.
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