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Is Local Water Safe?

Lawmakers want faster action from state officials after limited response to groundwater contamination by 3M chemicals. The Star Tribune is saying that Minnesota Pollution Control has known about the problem for two years. All the pollution control agency has told 3M to do so far has been to study the problem.

The Pioneer Press says that residents of areas that have water contaminated with the PFBA, or perfluorobutanoic acid, found in the water do not need to avoid the tap water, and that there are no known short term effects of small amounts of the acid, but the long term effects have never been studied. Thus, some residents are sticking to bottled water and purification systems.

The slow responce from the pollution agency has enraged many politicians and residents, and they are now putting pressure on the agency to be more strict with 3M.

The articles can be found at:

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/995756.html

http://www.twincities.com:80/mld/twincities/16666507.htm