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N.J. Panel Proposes Lower Limit for Chemical in Drinking Water

Sept. 14, 2016, 12:04 AM

A state-appointed scientific panel proposed lowering New Jersey’s limit for perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) in drinking water, but the Sierra Club questioned whether the administration of Gov. Chris Christie (R) will act on it.

The Drinking Water Quality Institute, a state advisory panel appointed by the governor and the state Legislature, Sept. 12 posted a proposed recommendation for a lifetime exposure limit of 14 nanograms per liter, or 14 parts per trillion, for PFOA.

The limit would be lower than an Environmental Protection Agency health advisory level of 70 ng/L and a Vermont standard of 20 ng/L adopted earlier in the...

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