New York state will have the strictest standards in the country for two drinking water contaminants under limits approved by a state panel Dec. 18.
The long-awaited standards set maximum contaminant levels for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), two persistent chemical contaminants found in drinking water, consumer products, and at waste sites.
The maximum contaminant levels will be 10 parts per trillion for PFOA and 10 parts per trillion for PFOS.
PFOA and PFOS were once widely used in making nonstick cookware, fire-retardant upholstery coatings, and other consumer and industrial products.
The chemicals have...