New York’s Landmark Water Testing Law Hinges on State Health Department
The law leaves key decisions to an agency with a history of dragging its feet on implementing water quality legislation.
This article was published in partnership with City & State.
This article has been corrected to note that the state Drinking Water Quality Council has only discussed recommending contamination levels for seven PFAS variants, rather than having made those recommendations, and that limits for PFOA and PFOS were formally adopted in 2020, not 2019. Environmental Advocates NY’s position on notification levels has also been clarified.
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