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Vermont Imposes Tough PFAS Limits in Drinking Water (1)

May 16, 2019, 6:29 PMUpdated: May 16, 2019, 8:56 PM

Vermont will require testing for fluorinated chemicals in drinking water using the toughest limits in the nation under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Scott (R).

Vermont enforces the strictest limits in the nation on the compounds, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), of 20 parts per trillion combined for any of five common types, if detected at contaminated sites.

Since July 2018 the state Department of Health has applied the same limit on the five PFAS combined, if found randomly in drinking water. But no regular testing of water systems has been required.

That’s changing under the bill...

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