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NYS Drinking Water Council Recommends MCLs For Three Toxic Substances

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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council met Tuesday and recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals that turned up a few years ago in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

The council voted to recommend a maximum contaminant level, or MCL, of 10 parts per trillion for PFOA as well as for PFOS, emerging contaminants found in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, respectively. The council also voted to recommend an MCL of 1 part per billion for 1,4-Dioxane. Liz Moran is environmental policy director with the  New York Public Interest Research Group, and spoke during the public comment period after the vote.

“So while I have to recognize that this is a national standard that is being set today by New York state, we have to make sure and go forth in good faith to lower these levels down the road,” Moran said.

NYPIRG and other 4 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS.

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