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Proposed MCLs and Monitoring Requirements for PFOA and PFOS

Saturday, April 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Proposed MCLs and Monitoring Requirements for PFOA and PFOS

As the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has provided a 60-day comment period on this notice of proposal, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5.

The Department is proposing to amend the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10 to establish, as recommended by the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute (Institute), a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) of 0.014 micrograms per liter (µg/l) and an MCL for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) of 0.013 µg/l. PFOA and PFOS are part of a larger class of substances referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, previously referred to by the Institute as erfluorinated compounds, or PFCs), which have been detected in drinking water supplies in New Jersey and which, as explained further below, pose serious health threats to consumers. The Department previously established an MCL for another PFAS, perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), on September 4, 2018 (see 50 N.J.R. 1939(a)). Currently, there are no Federal drinking water standards for these contaminants.

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A public hearing concerning this notice of proposal will be held on May 15, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. until the close of comments at: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Public Hearing Room 401 East State Street Trenton, NJ 08625 


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