A $300 test could save your family from toxic water, but realtors say it’ll hurt business

Drinking water

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – New Jersey is on the verge of adopting a strict set of new rules to deal with a family of cancer-linked chemicals that are increasingly being found in drinking water systems across the Garden State.

One of those rules – adding three chemicals to the list of substances that private wells must be tested for before a property can be sold – is a groan-inducing idea for New Jersey’s Realtors.

The proposal from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection would amend the Private Well Testing Act to include requirements that wells be tested for PFOS, PFOA, and PFNA chemicals (short for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, perfluorooctanoic acid, and perfluorononanoic acid). The law applies to properties that get drinking water from small, privately-owned wells rather than larger community water systems …

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