State Panel Misses Deadline to Set Drinking Water Contaminant Levels

A 12-member state board that has been asked to set maximum contaminant levels for toxic chemicals, such as PFOA, in drinking water has yet to do so, despite a promise that new standards would be in place by October 2nd. 

The Drinking Water Council heard from members of the public on Wednesday. 

Liz Moran of Enviornmental Advocates says this is tough to understand.

One man told board members that they don't know what it feels like to get a letter saying you can't drink your own water. 

An official with the State Health Department says this process is "challenging and complicated." 

State Health Department Deputy Commissioner, Brad Hutton, says setting these standards is not easy.

Another meeting is scheduled for next month.

Photo: WNYT


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