State officials refuse to share test results from 135 PFAS-tainted sources despite public health risk

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At least 135 public water systems across the state are contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals known as PFAS at levels above recommended thresholds for mandatory cleanup, according to state water sampling data.

And more than four times that many — 645 facilities, the state Department of Health estimates — will need to spend an average of $1.325 million each on upgrades if the Cuomo Administration adopts the thresholds and makes them enforceable as expected by late next year.

But hundreds of thousands of people who currently drink PFAS-tainted tap water from those compromised sources are in the dark about the health dangers because state officials aren’t sharing their sampling data with the public.

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