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The Environmental Protection Agency now says there's no safe amount of PFAS in drinking water. (Jim Cole/AP)
The Environmental Protection Agency now says there's no safe amount of PFAS in drinking water. (Jim Cole/AP)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for July 12. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • We check in with two of our medical experts to talk about the latest COVID numbers in Massachusetts, how the rollout of vaccines for children has gone, and how concerned we should we be about the spread of monkeypox.
  • With more and more attention being paid to monkeypox and case numbers continuing to rise, we check in with Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn more about virus spillover from animals to humans.
  • A licensed composting facility in Westminster, Massachusetts is being investigated over possible groundwater contamination. More than 200 properties near the facility may have water containing PFAS, also called "forever chemicals." PFAS have been connected to negative health outcomes, including cancer and hormonal imbalance. We talk with David Abel, environmental reporter for the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts State Sen. Julian Cyr of the Cape and Islands, co-chair of the PFAS Interagency Task Force.

This program aired on July 12, 2022.

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