Newark’s water breaches levels for dangerous contaminant. And nearby towns are drinking it, too.

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MICHAEL WARREN and KAREN YI / NJ.COM – First it was lead. Now it’s a likely carcinogenic chemical.

Newark has again violated a federal standard, allowing a potentially cancer-causing contaminant to flow through the drinking water — and the water it sells to nearby towns, according to state test records.

The state records show Newark’s water contains high levels of haloacetic acids, a group of five possibly carcinogenic chemicals that are byproducts of the water disinfection process. People exposed to elevated levels of haloacetic acids for years are at an increased risk of getting cancer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency …

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