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Public meeting Tuesday night for residents served by West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority

MOULTON, Ala. - Residents served by the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority may want to set aside some time Tuesday night.

Federal regulators will be in Moulton to answer questions regarding possible health effects related to the drinking water.

Staff from the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will be at the Moulton Recreation Center,  located at 13550 Court Street from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. They will discuss the results of their water quality investigation and answer residents' questions.

Residents can stop by anytime during these hours to meet scientists, ask questions, and discuss their concerns about potential exposure.

Questions really began in June, when the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority said it was unsafe to drink its water. That led to a run on bottled water and plenty of concern.

The move came after the EPA issued a health advisory in May, lowering the levels for safe lifetime exposure to PFC chemicals. Water surveys found the West Morgan-East Lawrence system above the recommended levels for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS.

The chemicals have been linked to a number of health problems, including cancer.

The chemicals were used for many years in manufacturing by 3M in Decatur, though their use was discontinued several years ago.

The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority began adding Decatur Utilities water to its water supply and has updated its filtration process. The water now is not showing chemical levels above the recommended limits, according to regulators.

Federal regulators said recent testing shows no general public health risk, except for infants up to a year old.

For more information about ATSDR’s work visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636). To learn more about PFAS, visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfc/index.html

The Moulton Recreation Center is located at 13550 Court Street in Moulton.