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Ohio EPA delays testing for forever chemicals

March 20, 2020 GMT

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio will delay testing public water systems for forever chemicals due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has tested 229 water samples from schools and day cares that have their own public water system.

Heidi Griesmer director of communications for Ohio EPA said schools and day cares were prioritized as they service sensitive populations of children.

Griesmer said that of the 229 facilities tested the EPA has only received results from 121 facilities, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Only one has tested positive for forever chemicals. Manchester United Methodist Church/Here for You Preschool and Child Development Center in New Franklin test results showed nearly 200 parts per trillion.

While the U.S. EPA does not regulate forever chemicals it did advise a guideline of 70 parts per trillion, that Ohio adheres to.

Manchester employees told the Ohio EPA that they have not used their well for drinking water in nearly 2 decades.

It is unclear when testing will continue.