New Jersey water experts want the state to crack down on PFOS in drinking water.
“The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Drinking Water Quality Institute on Friday unanimously approved its recommendation for a significantly lower limit on the unregulated chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, in the state’s drinking water,” The Burlington County Times reported.
“The Drinking Water Quality Institute, which advises the Department of Environmental Protection, formally said that New Jersey’s drinking water should have no more than 13 parts per trillion (ppt) of the chemical PFOS, a part of the perflurochemical family (PFCs), also known as PFAS, in order to protect public health,” NJ Spotlight reported.
The scientific panel has previously evaluated PFNA and PFOA. The PFNA limit was already accepted by state regulators, but the PFOA limit has not been adopted, NJ Spotlight reported.
“The chemicals have been found in New Jersey more often and in higher concentrations than in many other states. EPA tests from 2013-2015 found PFOS in 3.4 percent of New Jersey public water systems, almost twice the national rate of 1.9 percent. In other tests from 2006-2016, PFOS was found in more than half of 76 public systems,” NJ Spotlight reported.
The recommendation comes as the U.S. EPA is under scrutiny for whether it is doing enough to confront PFAS pollution.
“Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has pledged action to address PFAS groundwater contamination,” Alaska Public Radio reported.
The new steps the agency plans to take are as follows, per an EPA press release: