Contaminated drinking water is putting Alaskans at risk, report says

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A new report released this week by the nonprofit Alaska Community Action on Toxics asks the state to do more testing of a dangerous group of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

According to the report, PFAS can build up in the body over time — they don’t break down and they never go away. The Environmental Protection Agency said PFAS have been linked to serious health problems including cancer.

The most common source of PFAS comes from firefighting foam that’s used to suppress fires at airports and military bases. The chemicals can leach into the ground and contaminate drinking water.

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