New water tests confirm PFAS contamination in Bergen County

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New tests on drinking water have found toxic PFAS chemicals present in 43 public water systems around the country, including in Bergenfield, Bergen County, where 12 types of the chemicals were found last year, according to data released by an advocacy group on Wednesday.

Environmental Working Group (EWG), a leading national campaigner for stricter health limits on the chemicals, said the Bergen County sampling site had the fourth-highest total PFAS level in the U.S. when it took samples in August 2019.

The chemicals found in Bergen County included PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) at 14 parts per trillion (ppt), equal to the limit that the state Department of Environmental Protection is expected to adopt in coming months …

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