NJ implements nation’s toughest PFAS standard

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KYLE BAGENSTOSE / BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES – New Jersey implemented the nation’s strictest groundwater limits for a pair of emerging toxic chemicals last week, when its Department of Environmental Protection published interim standards for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

The chemicals, which are the most well-known family members in a class of chemicals collectively referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), were used for decades in products ranging from Teflon pans to stain-resistant clothing to firefighting foams. More recently, they’ve been linked to a variety of health effects including ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, reproductive and developmental issues, and some cancers …

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