InvestigateTV - Season 3; Episode 4

(InvestigateTV) — This Week on InvestigateTV: Scientists say water containing cancer-linked chemicals has been flowing through taps for decades. Andy Pierrotti discovers how the toxins have shown up in elevated levels in the bloodstreams of Americans, and contaminated freshwater fish from coast to coast. Plus, industry and sport fishermen at odds over menhaden fishing off the coast of Louisiana. WHERE TO WATCH ICYMI – Watch last week’s episode.

PFAS Problems: A cancer-causing toxin called PFAS and often known as the “Forever Chemical” is in water across the country (see this map from EWG for a look at their contamination findings geographically). The first story focuses on how the toxin has shown up in elevated levels in the bloodstreams of Americans (most of us have some level of PFAS in our bloodstreams according to the CDC). Our team speaks to a man who lost his father to cancer and also has one of the most elevated PFAS levels in his own blood from a recent study. In the second story, we look at fish contaminated by PFAS, which the Environmental Working Group has discovered is an issue with freshwater fish from coast to coast. Scientists take our team to a river in Savannah where they catch and test fish for PFAS to see how they look for evidence of the chemical.

Pogy Boat Controversy: One of America’s largest commercial fisheries brings jobs and profit, but boatloads of controversy. Sport fishermen and conservationists complain the state of Louisiana allows fishing on an industrial level close to shore. John Snell looks into the complaints and the pushback from the companies.

Forgotten Wells Pose Dormant Danger: Researchers are searching for a specific type of environmental hazard - hidden in plain sight. They’re looking for old, abandoned oil and gas wells that are polluting our air, soil and water. Morgan Loew explains.

Watching Your Wallet – Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency: If you’re looking to reduce your energy costs this summer, make sure you check out the tax incentives that surround any work you may do around your home. In this Watching Your Wallet Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out what qualifies and how much money you could save.