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Toxics from manufacturing turn up in public water systems

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water a...
In this July 25, 2018 photo people attend the PFAS Community Stakeholder Meeting, on in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...
In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo shown on the former grounds of Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster is the Ann's Choice Retirement Community and the Warmins...
In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, housing stands dilapidated and vacant at the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, in Warminster, Pa. In Warminster ...
In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo weeds engulf a playground at housing section of the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster in Warminster, Pa. In Warmin...
In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr pours bottled water into her 16-month-old daughter Caroline's cup at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham an...
In this July 25, 2018 photo US Environmental Protection Agency's Peter Grevatt, Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and Cosmo Se...
In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a water tower stands above a residential neighborhood in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylv...
In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Dan McDowell carries water to his refrigerator as his 16-month-old daughter Caroline, looks on at their home in Horsham, P...
In this July 25, 2018 photo Lauren Woehr speaks during public comment period at the PFAS Community Stakeholder Meeting, on in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham ...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr hands her 16-month-old daughter Caroline, held by her husband Dan McDowell, a cup filled with bottled water a...

In this July 25, 2018 photo people attend the PFAS Community Stakeholder Meeting, on in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Penns...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo shown on the former grounds of Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster is the Ann's Choice Retirement Community and the Warmins...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, housing stands dilapidated and vacant at the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, in Warminster, Pa. In Warminster ...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo weeds engulf a playground at housing section of the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster in Warminster, Pa. In Warmin...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr pours bottled water into her 16-month-old daughter Caroline's cup at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham an...

In this July 25, 2018 photo US Environmental Protection Agency's Peter Grevatt, Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and Cosmo Se...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, a water tower stands above a residential neighborhood in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylv...

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Dan McDowell carries water to his refrigerator as his 16-month-old daughter Caroline, looks on at their home in Horsham, P...

In this July 25, 2018 photo Lauren Woehr speaks during public comment period at the PFAS Community Stakeholder Meeting, on in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham ...

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is being urged to do more about contaminants turning up in public water systems in dozens of states.

The agency is holding listening sessions around the country this summer on the contaminants, known as PFAS. They were used in nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpets, fast-food wrappers and firefighting foam.

The Trump administration called the contamination "a potential public relations nightmare" after federal toxicology studies found that some of the compounds are more hazardous than previously acknowledged.

State and local officials are asking the EPA to act quickly and forcefully. So are people with water supplies tainted by the compounds.

EPA officials say they'll have a national management plan for the compounds by year's end. There's no deadline for making a decision on any regulatory action.