New York State is implementing new standards for maximum contaminant levels in drinking water. This proposal would have a big impact on places across the state where PFOA has long been a concern.
The governor wants to set a new maximum contaminant level for PFOA and PFOS at 10 parts per trillion, down from the current federal level of 70 parts per trillion. He’s also announced new funding.
Three hundred and fifty million dollars in grants will now be available for water quality improvement projects. That includes things like system upgrades and new technology.
The Department of Health says these new proposals are aimed at making sure New Yorkers have access to clean water. If the proposal is approved, the department will work with the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Department of Environmental Conservation to fix water systems that test above these limits.
A public comment period on these new recommendations is open until September 22.