Earlier this month, New Jersey announced that it will regulate two types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), PFOA and PFOS, in drinking water. New Jersey is one of the first states to regulate these contaminants that remain largely unregulated across the country. The state is issuing a PFOA standard of 14 ppt, along with a standard for another PFC known as PFNA of 13 ppt.
“Setting protective standards for these contaminants continues New Jersey’s long tradition of being a national leader in using strong science to ensure residents receive the highest quality drinking water,” New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said in announcing the new standards.
The standards were researched and proposed by New Jersey’s independent advisory group known as the Drinking Water Quality Institute. The institute met this week to discuss its draft health-based maximum contaminant level support document for PFOS.