Toxic Chemicals in NJ Water Supply
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has proposed new rules to protect the state’s water supply from two toxins with links to cancer that can be found in drinking water throughout the country.
With the introduction of new standards aimed at reducing the amount of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in water supplies throughout the state, NJDEP has proposed changes to a number of pollution and water safety rules.
The targeted toxins are collectively known as PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, part of a large family of chemicals. Extensive research on PFOA and PFOS leads scientists to warn of the dangers they pose to human health.
The newly proposed limits fall under the following existing state guidelines:
- Discharges of Petroleum and Other Hazardous Substances Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:1E
- Ground Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9C
- Private Well Testing Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:9E
- Safe Drinking Water Act Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:10
- New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:14A
The amendments aim to add PFOA and PFOS to the agency’s list of hazardous substances; set specific limits on how much of the chemicals can show up in ground water, water systems, and private wells; put into effect testing and monitoring requirements for private wells that are subject to sale or lease, as well as those that are newly built (adding perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)—which became subject to limits in a previous environmental protection push by the state agency—to the list of toxins to monitor); amend the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act to reflect the contamination limits and monitoring rules; and update the standards by which business entities that use the toxins must dispose of them without polluting the water supply.
In collaboration with New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute, the NJDEP has determined that maximum levels of the contaminants should be less than 0.014 micrograms per liter for PFOA and less than 0.013 micrograms per liter for PFOS.
The toxic chemicals are used in manufacturing of products such as nonstick cookware and firefighting foam. New Jersey-based companies that utilize PFAS will need to make business-related changes if the risks posed by the contaminants are to be reduced. Water treatment facilities in New Jersey will need to spend hundreds of millions to address the problem, since they are not currently capable of doing so.
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