Hoosick Falls, NY, had contaminated water supply by the chemical PFOA. Photo: Mike Groll / AP

The Environmental Protection Agency worked with U.S. manufacturers to begin phasing out synthetic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in 2006, which has prevented between 10,000 and 17,000 babies being born underweight, according to a new study per The Washington Post.

Why it matters: The chemical, used in things like pizza boxes and stain-resistant carpets, was found in general population blood serum tests 99% of the time from 1999 to 2012, per WaPo. By cutting the chemical's use, and therefore reducing the number of babies born underweight, the head of the study Leonardo Trasande said there are also "billions of avoided societal costs," since low-weight newborns required additional medical care.

But: PFOA, and a similar chemical PFOS, are still found in millions of products used in the U.S., per the Post.

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Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Driving the news: Metrosafe, the city's emergency services, said it received reports of a shooting at South Brook St. and Broadway Ave., near the area where protests were taking place. A police spokesperson told a press briefing the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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Biden: Breonna Taylor indictment "does not answer" call for justice

Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned the grand jury indictment of a Louisville police officer who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March in a botched drug raid that led to her death, saying in a statement the decision "does not answer" for equal justice.

The big picture: Biden called for reforms to address police use of force and no-knock warrants, while demanding a ban on chokeholds. He added that people "have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable."

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