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Two Scappoose mobile home parks are among 150 locations Oregon plans to test for PFAS.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON ARCGIS - Mobile home parks account for more than a dozen of the initial PFAS testing sites.Oregon will test for PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in 150 drinking water systems throughout the state, including four in Columbia County.

The 150 systems were selected because they are close to sites with known or suspected PFAS use or contamination, the Salem Statesman Journal first reported.

PFAS are a group of so-called "forever chemicals," which means they don't break down over time. They are widely used in products ranging from non-stick cooking pans to clothing, but at high levels, have been associated with birth defects, liver damage, increased risk of some cancers, and other health issues.

PFAS in drinking water are not currently regulated by federal or local governments.

But on Monday, Oct. 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to regulate PFAS. The EPA will set drinking water limits for PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act and will set reporting requirements for manufacturers, the Associated Press reported.

Two of the Columbia County locations are mobile home parks in the Scappoose area.

Tamarack Mobile Home Park is home to 80 people in unincorporated Columbia County, northeast of Scappoose city limits, while Cedar Tree Mobile Home Park has a population of 50, just outside city limits in the northwest.

There are 25 manufactured dwelling parks, totalling 881 spaces, in Columbia County.

The Rainier water system, serving roughly 2,000 people, will be tested.

The PGE Beaver Generating Station's water system outside Clatskanie will also be tested. 

Twenty locations throughout the state were selected for round one sampling in October, but none of the Scappoose locations were included.

The two Scappoose-area mobile home parks will be tested from a groundwater source, while the Rainier and PGE locations will be tested from surface water sources.

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