About Thursday Contaminant Roundup: Each week we bring to you headlines from around the world where water contaminants pose issues for local communities. From arsenic to PFAS, contaminants can be found in various levels and forms and should be addressed with in order to maintain clean water for all. This is your weekly dose of water contaminant news.
July 11, 2019 — Various lawmakers in Washington, D.C., appear to be at odds over defense legislation that includes provisions for addressing PFAS contaminants in drinking water. From House Democrats to Senate Republications to the White House (see below), officials continue to disagree on how to phase the substances out of certain military use in a timely manner by the deadlines laid out in the act.
July 10, 2019 — A military spending bill containing provisions aiming to address PFAS contamination in the nation's water supply is said to have gone too far by the White House, which put out a statement indicating President Trump would veto the bill if it passed through Congress. It is suspected that there are more than 400 military sites where PFAS contamination has occurred. The "forever chemicals" are used in a variety of non-stick products and in firefighting foam, which is used in the military.
July 8, 2019 — The state of New York is set to put into effect limits of 10 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS contaminants in drinking water, making the standard the lowest allowable level in the nation—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s current standard is 70 parts per trillion. Once the regulations are effective, public water systems will have to test for the contaminants, whose awareness is rapidly growing around the United States.