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New Jersey Sets Strictest Limit Nationwide for Fluorinated Chemical

Sept. 4, 2018, 4:34 PM

New Jersey set the lowest enforceable limit in the country for a fluorinated chemical, establishing a precedent that will capture the attention of other states and the U.S. EPA.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection set Sept. 4 a statewide standard for perfluorononanoic acid, or PFNA, of 13 parts per trillion in drinking water. The state’s adoption of a formal standard requires water companies and utilities to monitor supplies and, if necessary, take corrective actions to remove the chemical. Drinking water standards also are relied on as targets in cleaning up waste sites in the...

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