N.J. finds PFNAs, ‘chemicals of emerging concern,’ in some recreational fishing waters

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FRANK KUMMER / PHILLY.COM – For the first time, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has tested for man-made “chemicals of emerging concern” — often referred to as PFAS — in the lower Delaware River watershed and found the chemicals in multiple locations.

The expanded testing of fish in selected waterways was carried out as part of aregular update of fish consumption advisories, according to a news release issued Thursday.

There is growing national interest in a large group of chemicals known as PFAS, which includes compounds such as PFOA, PFOS and PFNA. The compounds were once used to make nonstick cookware, firefighting foam, stain-resistant clothing, and food packaging …

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