Cape Cod Times: State Proposes new limits on toxic PFAS chemicals

by | Dec 19, 2019 | Press

Tougher standards would apply to drinking water, contaminated site cleanups.

BOSTON — After pondering restrictions on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances for most of the year, the Baker-Polito administration on Friday filed draft regulations that would establish enforceable standards on public drinking water systems.

The Department of Environmental Protection also finalized standards for sites that have soil and groundwater contaminated from the chemicals, commonly called PFAS.

“It’s a step forward,” Martin Suuberg, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said of the proposed tighter standards.

There are currently no federal standards for PFAS in drinking water. To date, Massachusetts and most other states simply rely on the federal “lifetime health advisory standard” of 70 parts per trillion.

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