New York State planning to set standards for levels of chemicals found in drinking water

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — When we drink from the tap, we expect our water to be safe. Now, New York will be the first in the United States to set standards for three chemicals in the state’s drinking water.

The department of health is creating new maximum contaminant levels for PFOA, PFOS and 14-Dioxane. Now the state will have the lowest levels of PFOA and PFOS and be the first to even set standards for 14-dioxane.

The chemicals have been used in consumer products like Scotchgard and firefighting foams and as manufacturing stabilizers.

“Unfortunately, until recently, they weren’t detectable at the levels that they are, and we’ve learned a lot about these chemicals and that they actually can cause health effects at some point, as well in humans,” said Brad Hutton, New York State Department of Health Deputy Commissioner of Public Health.

The DOH is kicking off a 60-day public comment period before they finalize regulations. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the New York State Register has been submitted here and is expected to be published on Wednesday, July 24 when a 60-day public comment will begin. Public comments can be sent to regsqna@health.ny.gov


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