Environment & Energy Report

New Jersey Sets Limits for PFOA, PFOS in Drinking Water

June 1, 2020, 2:12 PM

New Jersey has set new, enforceable limits for two PFAS chemicals in drinking water, creating an example for other states and enforcement concerns for water utilities.

The new limits were published in the New Jersey Register Monday. The drinking water limits, also known as maximum contaminant levels, are among the strictest in the country for PFOA and PFOS, two chemicals in the family of thousands of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Water utilities are concerned that they’ll be forced to remove PFAS from their water based on state regulations, said John Sheehan, a veteran environmental litigator at Cohen Milstein Sellers &...

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