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Okinawa governor welcomes new U.S. health advisory on PFAS in drinking water

  • June 17, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported on the finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has significantly lowered its lifetime health advisory value for PFAS in drinking water from 70 ng/L to 0.024 ng/L. Okinawa Times said the GOJ’s provisional guideline for PFAS was set at 50 ng/L based on the EPA’s past health advisory value. The paper alleged that the water contamination in Okinawa is much higher than the new advisory value. Okinawa Governor Tamaki reportedly told the paper on Thursday: “We greatly welcome the greater stringency.” The governor also reportedly pointed out that the Japanese government should study the new U.S. measures and stressed the need to identify the sources of PFAS contamination in Okinawa. He reportedly reiterated his intention to continue to request permission to conduct onsite inspections of U.S. bases in the prefecture.

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