By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
Although there have been many warning indicators that the ingesting water in Illinois is tainted with “ceaselessly chemical compounds” that may keep in an individual’s physique for years and trigger most cancers and different ailments, the Illinois Environmental Safety Company didn’t start testing the state’s water utilities for the chemical compounds till August 2020.
That is in line with a new investigation by the Chicago Tribune, which reported that even after discovering out the outcomes, state and native officers downplayed them, “burying notices full of technical jargon on authorities web sites.”
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — often called PFAS — are lengthy lasting chemical compounds present in many alternative client, industrial, and industrial merchandise that break down very slowly over time.
Final 12 months, Congress allotted $10 billion for loans and grants to finance PFAS-related initiatives, and the EPA just lately obtained $50 billion for ingesting water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure initiatives.
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In Illinois, greater than 8 million folks within the state — 6 out of each 10 Illinoisans — get their ingesting water from a utility the place at the very least one “ceaselessly chemical” has been detected, in line with the Chicago Tribune investigation.
As state officers downplayed the importance of the chemical compounds in ingesting water, municipalities took it upon themselves to repair it.
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A number of municipal wells in Will County are contaminated with PFAS and 5 communities there — Channahon, Crest Hill, Joliet, Romeoville and Shorewood — are forming a brand new water authority and constructing a 31-mile pipeline to move handled Lake Michigan water bought by Chicago, the newspaper reported.
The undertaking is slated for completion in 2030, costing water ratepayers at the very least $1.4 billion, to make sure residents and companies they’ve sufficient secure water to drink.
State officers didn’t do their jobs and now residents should pay for it, to the tune of $1.4 billion. And that’s just one undertaking, different municipalities could observe.
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