Cancer-linked chemicals are plaguing drinking water in N.J. Here’s one plan to make sure the solution can be paid for.

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – It’s a problem with a big price tag.

Drinking water systems across New Jersey and the nation have been compromised by a family of cancer-linked chemicals known as “PFAS” (polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances). The chemicals were used for industrial purposes for decades, and as a result often discharged into the environment and, over time, seeped into drinking water sources.

But, many of the affected drinking water systems are not currently able to remove PFAS chemicals. Hundreds of millions of dollars will have to be spent to overhaul these systems in New Jersey alone, according to NJDEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe, so they can deal with the problem …

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