29. Am I at risk if I drink or drank water with PFAS above health standards?

Not necessarily. The MassDEP PFAS6 MCL and USEPA lifetime health advisories are set to overestimate potential exposures. Their goal is to make sure that sensitive populations, like infants and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, are protected. The advisories also take into account differences between animals and humans, and differences between humans. As stated by MassDEP, “a risk would be expected only if an individual continuously drinks only contaminated water at a level significantly higher than the MCL.” The best way to reduce the potential health risks is to limit your exposure as much as possible (more info in FAQs #20, #23, and #28).

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1. 20. What can residents, businesses, and visitors can do to prevent exposure to PFAS?
2. 21. Should I stop growing and eating vegetables using co-compost that may have PFAS?
3. 22. Can I water my plants and garden with PFAS-contaminated water and eat that produce?
4. 23. How can I limit my exposure to PFAS in my garden?
5. 24. What are the PFAS levels in fertilizer and other soil products coming onto the Island?
6. 25. Waste Options Nantucket makes products for beneficial re-use. What are they?
7. 26. Is it safe to shower using domestic well water that contains PFAS?
8. 27. Is it safe for me to bathe my baby using domestic (private) well water that contains PFAS?
9. 28. What can I do as a private well owner to remove PFAS from my water?
10. 29. Am I at risk if I drink or drank water with PFAS above health standards?
11. 30. Is there a way to test my or my family’s blood serum levels for PFAS?