New York wants to improve your drinking water

New York is moving forward with a strict limit on certain contaminants in drinking water following a string of incidents that have left some communities in the state without a viable source of drinking water in recent years.

The state’s Department of Health agreed this week to adopt lower thresholds for three drinking water containments – PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane — after an advisory panel recommended adopting the change late last year.

There will be a 60-day public comment period beginning July 24 before the new standards are officially adopted.

Under the recommended standards both PFOA and PFOS — cancer-linked chemicals used to make non-stick pans and firefighting suppressing foam, respectively — will be limited to just 10 parts per trillion in New York. Current standards set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency limit levels to 70 parts per trillion.

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