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PFAS Water Filters for New Jersey

Analies Dyjak @ Monday, October 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm -0400
The State of New Jersey is one of a handful of states which have implemented testing requirements and water quality standards for 3 PFAS variations: PFOA, PFOS, and PFNA. PFAS (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) are a federally unregulated contaminant known to cause adverse health effects, including cancer. These new requirements have forced municipalities to take a closer look at the safety of their drinking water. This article will address what PFAS compounds are, the "safe" levels in New Jersey drinking water, and water filtration brands that actually remove them. 

Health Effects Caused by Exposure to PFAS Chemicals

Analies Dyjak @ Monday, October 18, 2021 at 5:56 pm -0400
PFAS (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) PFAS contamination in drinking water and the environment has been linked to a wide range of health issues. This article discusses some of the most recent studies completed from around the world, and provides links to the peer-reviewed articles for these studies.

EPA Announces National Strategy to Confront PFAS Pollution

Analies Dyjak @ Monday, October 18, 2021 at 1:51 pm -0400

Analies Dyjak, M.A. | Head of Policy and Perspectives   

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday, October 18, that the agency will prioritize a comprehensive national strategy to confront PFAS pollution. The Biden-Harris administration campaigned on setting limits in tap water for PFAS and ensuring other actionable protection measures for public health. The PFAS “roadmap”  also includes a summary of recent proposals and recommendations from EPA and Congress. 

What Does EPA's PFAS Roadmap Contain?

The roadmap consists of plans for both rulemaking and monitoring guidelines, but does not have any enforceable criteria. This EPA publication is simply a strategic plan for implementation, not a final rule. The seven actions are as follows:
  • Timeline for nationwide enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS in tap water under the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

  • Designating PFAS as a “hazardous substance” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. This designation will help hold polluters financially responsible for contaminating source water.

  • A timeline for Effluent Guideline Limitations for nine different industrial categories. 

  • An assessment of shortcomings of the Toxic Substances Control Act and its ability to protect public health.

  • An increase in monitoring, data collection, and research.

  • A final toxicity assessment for GenX.

  • Technical foundation for PFAS air emissions under the Clean Air Act. 

Too Little Too Late?

Hydroviv has been covering PFAS in drinking water since our company began in 2016. Since then, virtually no action has been taken by the EPA or Congress regarding this category of chemicals that is known to cause cancer. The press release for this latest roadmap even stated that the EPA has known about the toxic nature of PFAS chemicals for over 20 years. The impacts of PFAS have now extended across multiple generations, when in all likelihood, this could have been avoided. 

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PFAS Water Filters for New Hampshire

Analies Dyjak @ Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10:36 am -0400
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu recently signed 3 bills to increase water protections in his state. Most significantly, HB 271 specifically addresses PFAS contamination in drinking water by establishing maximum contaminant levels (MCL’s) for four different types of PFAS. This article addresses what PFAS compounds are, the "safe" levels in New Hampshire drinking water, and water filtration brands that actually remove them. 

Income, Race, and The Availability of Safe Drinking Water in Two Michigan Cities

Analies Dyjak @ Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 3:29 pm -0400
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently called on the Federal Government to assist a community in Michigan struggling with unsafe lead levels in drinking water. Benton Harbor is located on Lake Michigan and has violated the Safe Drinking Water Act on numerous occasions in the past 6 years. Benton Harbor and neighboring St. Joseph combine to form what locals call the “twin cities.” Both of these communities are almost identical in total area and population size, but differ tremendously when it comes to race, economics, and access to safe drinking water.