The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier today that it was adding two perfluorindated compounds to the list of chemicals that will be screened for their potential to be endocrine disruptors.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interact with and possibly disrupt the hormones produced or secreted by the human or animal endocrine system, which regulates growth, metabolism and reproduction.
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said:
Endocrine disruptors represent a serious health concern for the American people, especially children. Americans today are exposed to more chemicals in our products, our environment and our bodies than ever before, and it is essential that EPA takes every step to gather information and prevent risks.
We are using the best available science to examine a larger list of chemicals and ensure that they are not contaminating the water we drink and exposing adults and children to potential harm.