State water council talks PFOA, PFOS
Claire Hughes is reporting in the Times Union the second meeting of the state Drinking Water Quality Council was held in Albany, November 29, with a conversation focused on PFOA and PFOS, the chemicals found in the water supplies in Rensselaer County and Newburgh. Residents of Petersburgh and Hoosick Falls who attended the meeting urged the council to set the maximum contamination levels below the current federal guidance of 70 parts per trillion. Health Department Research Scientist Kenneth Bogdan showed that three other states had set lower guidance levels -- Minnesota at 35 parts per trillion, Vermont at 20 parts per trillion and New Jersey at 14 parts per trillion. Residents also called for the council to consider other emerging contaminants before they become a health problem. PFOA has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, as well as thyroid diseases and other serious health problems. The council was established last spring and mandated to make its first set of recommendations on contaminant limits for drinking water in October 2018. Its first meeting was held on Long Island in October and focused on the chemical dioxane. Read the full story in the Times Union.