EXCLUSIVE: New health report recommends lowering PFOA and PFOS acceptable level

June 21, 2018 12:07 AM

HOOSICK FALLS - "It's interesting to know the government had it in January and didn't put it out there," Hoosick Falls Mayor, Rob Allen said.

When Mayor Allen attended a summit on PFAS chemicals, in Washington D. C. back in May, he got to ask EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt why a report lowering the recommended level for PFOA and PFOS was allegedly being withheld from the public.

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"His response was basically that he doesn't have the authority to hold onto that report or release that report," Allen said.

The 852 page draft released today for public comment by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry finds acceptable health advisory levels should be around 7 to 11 parts per trillion, not 70 parts per trillion, as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

"This report should be the smoking gun for New York State to take action and regulate these chemicals," Environmental Advocates of NY's Water & Natural Resources Director, Liz Moran said.

The news has advocates like Moran pushing the state to establish a Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL on the threshold amount a substance is allowed in our water systems.

"It doesn't make sense that we would wait for the federal government to act here," Moran added.

And according to the Department of Health's Deputy Commissioner, Brad Hutton, New York State has been proactive. 

He says a Water Quality Council has already met three times to discuss how to establish a MCL standard.

"It's important that when we have a national problem as polyfluoroalkyl contamination in drinking water, that the federal government step up and set up a uniform standard so that there aren't different levels and confusion among states," Hutton said.

The report also cites the most susceptible populations to the PFAS chemicals are pregnant women, fetuses and children.

"Now these reports are coming out saying the advisory level the EPA has is 7-10 times too high, needs to be lowered for the sake of human safety, that's a very concerning thing," Allen said.

Mayor Allen says he has updates regarding a second round of blood testing in Hoosick Falls, the investigation into St. Gobain and Honeywell and an alternate water supply source study.  

To view the draft report released by ASTDR, click here.


Karen Tararache

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