DEP Urged to Act Quickly on Hazardous Chemical Found in NJ Water Supplies

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Article courtesy of JON HURDLE | Jan 22, 2016 | NJSPOTLIGHT | Shared as educational material

In New Jersey, 12 water systems have been found to have perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) levels that exceed New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s limits. New Jersey has a stricter limit for PFOA than the federal limit, but it still may not be enough to protect human health. In 2012, studies in Ohio and West Virginia established probable links between PFOA and kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and medically diagnosed high cholesterol. New Jersey’s Water Quality Institute is composed of academics, state officials, and water-company executives that advise DEP and will recommend a Maximum Contaminant Limit to DEP. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2hkCZas

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