|New Drinking Water Council To Set NY Standards |
By DAVE LUCAS
WAMC Northeast Report (NY)
September 25, 2017
Created in the wake of several high-profile contamination crises, New York's new Drinking Water Council is preparing to hold its first meeting.
Chemicals like PFOA and PFOS, which have contaminated waters in some areas of the state, will be in the crosshairs when the 12-member panel assembles October 2nd at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island to consider setting maximum levels of several emerging contaminants not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
New York State Department of Health Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Brad Hutton is one of the appointees to the Drinking Water Quality Council. "There are a series of unregulated contaminants that have been part of a federal monitoring program, so we're beginning to identify their presence in water systems. But the federal approach really just stops after monitoring. And the monitoring has only been for larger water systems serving 10,000 users or more. And so also as part of the enacted budget this past April, legislation was passed that would require water systems all across New York state, regardless of the number or users that are served, to begintesting for some new contaminants that are required by the department with the advice of this new council."
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