Christie Administration Takes Steps to Ensure Safe Drinking Water

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On Tuesday, November 1st, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin held a press conference to discuss new actions the Christie Administration is taking to enhance protection of the state's drinking water.

Officials say they will be moving forward with enforcing strict drinking water standards for two types of chemicals that are persistent in the environment and have been linked to various health concerns.

Those chemicals are known as perfluorooctoanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).

New Jersey will become the first state to set formal Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) that would require statewide testing of public drinking water systems, and officials say making sure water is clean and safe is their first priority.

"New Jersey uses strong science to ensure residents are receiving the highest quality of drinking water," says Martin. "The proposed PFOA MCL is based on strong science that is defensible.

"Scientists from the Drinking Water Quality Institute and DEP's Office of Science, Research, and Environmental Health have been instrumental in developing the recommended standard."

The DEP has been working closely with the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute to create the new standards that will protect New Jersey citizens from these contaminants.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's website.

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