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Posted by: Jarod Word on May 15, 2018

The EPA and White House sought to block publication of a federal health study on a nationwide water-contamination crisis after one Trump administration aide warned it would cause a "public relations nightmare," Politico reports. The intervention early this year when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was preparing to publish its assessment of a class of toxic chemicals that have contaminated water supplies near military bases, chemical plants and other sites from New York to Michigan to West Virginia.

The study would show that the chemicals endanger human health at a far lower level than EPA has previously called safe, according to emails obtained by the Union of Concerned Scientists through the Freedom of Information Act. The draft study remains unpublished, and HHS says it has no scheduled date to release it for public comment. The chemicals at issue in the HHS study, perfluorooctanoic and perfluorooctanesulfonic acids, have been linked with thyroid defects, problems in pregnancy and certain cancers, even at low levels of exposure.