A legislative committee has permanently set Vermont’s safe drinking water standard for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS at 20 parts per trillion.

Vermont’s limit is far below the EPA’s limit of 70 parts per trillion, and it is now one of the lowest drinking water standards in the country.

PFOA is a dangerous chemical that’s been linked to thyroid disease, cancer, high cholesterol and endocrine issues, and it’s been detected in drinking water in Bennington County.

It was used to make Teflon and other water-resistant materials.

When PFOA was found in the water in southwestern Vermont in February, very few people in the state had even heard of the chemical.

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