New Jersey DEP sets nation’s strictest limits on PFOA in drinking water

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New Jersey’s efforts to clean up public drinking water took a step forward on Wednesday when the Department of Environmental Protection said it would impose the nation’s toughest limit on a chemical that has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children.

The DEP said it will set a “Maximum Contaminant Limit” of 14 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which has been used in consumer products including nonstick cookware and food packaging, and which has been found in some parts of 37 New Jersey public water systems at above the new limit in recent years.

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