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“State legislators Ellen Jaffee and Liz Krueger are urging state regulators to impose maximum allowable amounts of PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane in drinking water.

They note in separate letters to state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker that the state’s Drinking Water Quality Council missed an opportunity to act at its Oct. 17th meeting, and call on the department to create new levels. Both letters are available below…

‘The Drinking Water Quality Council, however, has not been the champion for clean water that New York needs,’ wrote Jaffee, a Rockland County Democrat.

They ask for mandatory levels of 4 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS, and 0.3 parts per billion for 1,4-dioxane.

The 12-member council, created in September 2017 and overseen by the state Health Department, was tasked with creating recommendations for maximum contamination levels for chemicals including PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane in drinking water by the end of September. That deadline was missed, and instead Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office announced grant funding for filtration systems and infrastructure to assist communities dealing with contaminates.

‘The Department of Health has previously stated that testing for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-dioxane will begin by the end of the year,’ Krueger wrote.

‘To meet this important goal, DOH must take immediate action to establish MCLs for these chemicals,’ she wrote. ‘Your leadership will be of critical importance to ensure that when New Yorkers turn on their taps, they can rest assured that their water is clean and safe to drink.’

The council, lead by state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, was created to address what are broadly viewed as major deficiencies in federal regulations. The federal Environmental Protection Agency sets guidance levels for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water at 70 parts per trillion (ppt). A new federal report has since found that the EPA’s guidance level is far higher than what is safe for public health. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a subsidiary of the federal Health Department, suggests levels should be at least 10 times lower.”