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New York Approves Bill to Speed ‘Forever Chemical’ Water Testing

June 8, 2021, 8:19 PM

New York lawmakers passed legislation on Tuesday to accelerate testing of drinking water for emerging contaminants such as “forever chemicals” that don’t easily break down.

The bill (S.1759A/A.126A) creates an initial list of chemicals water utilities must test for and requires the state health department to create draft regulations within 90 days of enactment of the legislation.

The list includes several perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, which have been used for decades to manufacture nonstick and stain-resistant coatings in cookware, carpets, and other consumer and industrial products.

Dubbed “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment ...

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