Apr 06, 2020

New Jersey Approves New Drinking Water Standards for PFAS

New Jersey has approved new drinking water standards for PFAS 

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently approved one of the nation’s strongest drinking water limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The regulations will now go to Gov. Phil Murphy’s Office of Administrative Law for final review, reported the Intelligencer.

The NJDEP proposed implementing the new limits on Apr. 1, 2019 and the rule was approved and sent to the Office of Administrative Law on Mar. 31. 

Public water systems will begin monitoring for PFAS until the first quarter of 2021. The department has already allowed utilities to opt into advance testing for PFOS and PFOA, according to the Intelligencer.

The regulations apply to private well owners as well. As of 2019, the NJDEP sampled 992 private wells across the state, 284 coming back above the PFOA threshold and 40 above the PFOS limit.

The regulations also create groundwater standards and add PFOS and PFOA to a list of state hazardous substances.

Until the Office of Secretary of Defense says otherwise, the base would only filter water supplies exceeding the EPA’s 70 ppt advisory, according to Angelique Smythe, the Air Force’s media relations chief.

“New Jersey is leading the way in addressing an issue of national importance by setting the first drinking water standards in the nation to protect the public from the health risks of these chemicals,” said Catherine McCabe, commissioner of the NJDEP. “We will continue to take strong actions to protect the health of our residents and the quality of our drinking water supplies.”

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