Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s deputy director discusses New Jersey’s latest pending DEP regulations of cancer and disease-causing chemicals in the state’s drinking water in an interview with NJTV News. The chemicals are PFNA and TCP. Neither toxin disintegrates naturally in the environment. The state is considering setting safety standards for both.
PFNA is a compound used to make durable plastics. TCP is a man-made solvent used in agriculture. PFNA can cause liver, metabolic, immune system damage, high cholesterol, and developmental damage in infants. TCP is a carcinogen.
As for reducing the rates of these chemicals, Deputy Directory Tracy Carluccio said, “Well, first of all, there are tried and true treatment systems that can remove these chemicals from the water. For instance, for PFNA they use activated carbon. You can also use reverse osmosis and this removes it down to below a non-detect level. … By removing these chemicals from the drinking water. Then, we will be able to provide safe standards. …”
She went on to say that some wells in New Jersey have been shut down due to elevated levels of these specific toxins. New Jersey is the first state to set a mandatory maximum level for PFNA. California has proposed a standard for TCP.
“We as the most densely populated state in the nation have more people exposed to these chemicals when we have them in our water,” Carluccio explained. “It is absolutely imperative that the state of New Jersey move ahead and adopt these standards in order to be able to be able to remove these toxic contaminants from our drinking water, and provide us with safe water to drink everyday.”
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