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Why is the EPA proposing limits on PFAS chemicals in drinking water?
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    The EPA has proposed rules for the presence of six PFAS chemicals in water. It is the first national drinking water standard related to PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals" because of their high durability in the environment and body. There are thousands of PFAS chemicals. The EPA targeted six because the evidence they harm health is clearest for those.

    The standard limits two chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, to four parts per trillion. Treatment is required if a combination of four other chemicals reach a certain level. PFAS can be found in about 98% of the US population, although most were phased out of use in manufacturing years ago. The EPA says its proposal, which is still in a public comment period, will prevent thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of serious illnesses.

    The rule may overhaul the nation's water infrastructure. Water systems would need to assess their PFAS levels and if needed, treat the water or switch to other sources. Industry groups said the proposed limits are too low, and questioned the scientific basis for them.

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How will President Biden's new executive order impact gun control?

    President Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday that is aimed at tackling gun violence. Citing authority from a bipartisan gun law that was passed last year, the order directs the attorney general to cla...

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What is known about an apparent collision between US and Russian aircraft?

    On Tuesday an American MQ-9 Reaper drone appeared to have collided with a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea. The US was forced...

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How did an appeals court rule on California's gig work regulations?

    A California appeals court has upheld a 2020 state ballot initiative classifying some gig workers as independent contractors. Proposition 22, as it is called, was created to oppose a...

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Do you agree with the Biden administration's approval of a large drilling project in Alaska?

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Context: President Biden approves controversial Willow Project in Alaska.


Yes - ConocoPhillips discovered this oil field in 2016, and has since spent hundreds of millions of dollars in appraisal drilling and project planning costs. They have spent nearly five years meeting all the regulatory and environmental study requirements. There is no legal basis to deny them approval of this project. The oil and gas produced by the Willow project will be needed to meet the demand for reliable energy while alternative energy sources are still ramping up. So stopping this project would only serve to increase future energy costs.

No - Absolutely not, the environmental devastation and climate change effects should be more than enough to stop it with ...

Unsure - Although our energy future will shift away from fossil fuels, we will still need them for a long ...

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What are the latest developments in generative AI?

    OpenAI, the company that manages ChatGPT, announced the latest iteration of its foundational generative AI system: GPT-4. The company says it performs significantly better than the GPT-3.5 model that powers...

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