Advocates optimistic about bid to monitor PFAS chemicals in water systems

Drinking water

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – For the past few years, New Jersey has taken a lead nationally in addressing the risks associated with a range of manmade chemicals linked to health problems in water systems across the nation.

Now Congress appears poised to take a huge first step to detailing how widespread the public exposure is to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — chemicals used in a range of household products such as non-stick cookware as well as foam used in firefighting.

With bipartisan support, advocates managed to add amendments to the annual Department of Defense spending appropriation to monitor drinking-water supplies to understand the scope of the problem and possibly accelerate cleanup of contaminated sites …

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