Schumer demands EPA set drinking water standards for 2 chemicals

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is demanding the federal government set standards for dangerous chemicals seeping into Long Island's water supply.
 
As News 12 has previously reported, PFOS and PFOA are leaking into wells in Wainscott, Westhampton Beach and the East Patchogue area. The chemicals are found in firefighting foam and may cause cancer, thyroid disorders and increased liver enzymes.
 
Sen. Schumer visited Long Island Monday, calling on the EPA to set federal drinking water standards for the chemical.  Schumer says the failure to act hurts cleanup efforts and makes it difficult to protect our health.
 
 "The EPA is trying to walk away from their responsibility. The EPA is the guardian of the very name of the act, clean water," says Schumer.
 
On the state level, the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is pushing state lawmakers to set standards in connection with the chemicals.
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