The Delaware Riverkeeper Network petitioned ATSDR to investigate whether residents of Gloucester County, NJ, were exposed to harmful levels of PFNA (perfluorononanoic acid) and other PFAS (per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in their drinking water. The petition was accepted, and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) is responding to the petition under ATSDR’s Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE) program.
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) is reviewing public and private water sample results to see if people have been exposed to PFAS, and if the exposure could harm their health. ATSDR will provide technical support to the NJ DOH and will review their reports.
Leah Graziano, RS
(212) 637-3253 – FAX
PFAS were found in a public water supply and private drinking water wells in the City of Newburgh. The City of Newburgh’s public water supply is considered acceptable for all uses at this time. The city is currently drawing water from the New York City Aqueduct tap. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provided bottled water where PFAS were found in private wells as an interim measure. They installed point of entry treatment (POET) systems or connections to the municipal water supply as long-term solutions. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) evaluated the test results and will complete a written report with their findings. ATSDR will provide technical support to the NYSDOH and will review their reports.
ATSDR will conduct a PFAS Exposure Assessment in this community in 2020.
Visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website for more information about past and ongoing activities at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/108825.htmlexternal icon. Information is also available at the NYSDOH website: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/newburgh/index.htmexternal icon.
The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Site in Hoosick Falls, NY, was added to the National Priorities List on July 31, 2017. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is evaluating drinking water test results and is completing a written report of their findings. The Hoosick Falls water treatment plant has added treatment to remove PFAS (per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances) from the drinking water. ATSDR will provide technical support to the NYSDOH and will review their reports. The Village’s full capacity municipal filtration system consists of two granular activated carbon (GAC) filters that are effectively removing PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) from public water.
Visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website for more information about past and ongoing activities in the Hoosick Falls area at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/108791.htmlexternal icon. Visit the NYSDOH website for additional information at https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/investigations/hoosick/external icon.
In 2018, the NYSDOH received a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from CDC/ATSDR, to implement a pilot biomonitoring study using the CDC/ATSDR PFAS Exposures Assessment Technical Tools (PEATT).
More information is available at the New York State Department of Health websiteexternal icon.