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Vote On PFAS Drinking Water Standards In NY Is Postponed

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

In New York, as a result of the COVID-19 response, a meeting at which recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals were to come up for a vote has been postponed.

The recommended maximum contaminant levels in drinking water are 10 parts per trillion each for PFOA and PFOS, emerging contaminants found in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, respectively; and 1 part per billion for 1,4-Dioxane. A state Department of Health spokesperson says the April 2 Public Health and Health Planning Council meeting, at which the MCLs were scheduled to be voted on for adoption, was postponed until June. Since the initial recommendations, there was a proposed deferral provision, which, in general, environmentalists oppose and water suppliers support.

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