New Drinking Water Standards Recommended to State Health Department

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After more than a year of talking about it, a 12-member Drinking Water Quality Council has come up with recommendations restricting the level of three industrial pollutants in drinking water. 

And they would be the toughest in the country. 

James Billsborrow, an Environmental and Consumer Protection Attorney for the firm of Weitz and Luxenberg, says these new recommended levels match up well with levels in neighboring states.

The new maximum contaminant levels for PFOA and PFOS would be 10 parts per trillion for each. 

By contrast, the PFOA levels in Hoosick Falls a couple of years ago were measured at several hundred parts per trillion.

The next step is a 60-day public comment period, after which time the State Health Department will have to decide whether to adopt the new recommendations.

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