New Jersey’s Drinking Water: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight News | December 13, 2018 | Podcasts, Roundtables

Gary Buchanan, director of science and research at the DEP
NJ Spotlight brought together experts at a roundtable on December 5 to discuss the public health and policy challenges presented by PFAS, a class of chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses.

PFASs are widespread in the environment and have been found more often in New Jersey’s drinking water than in many other states.

Tracy Carluccio of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Dr. Keith Cooper of the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute
As states including New Jersey set strict health limits on some of the chemicals, our panelists examined questions including:

  • What the chemicals have been used for, and how they got into the water source;
  • Why they are seen as a threat to public health, even at low levels;
  • What policies campaigners want to see from state and federal governments;
  • What the military is doing to clean up water sources on and around its bases;
  • How leading water systems and municipal providers are responding to rising public and governmental concern on the issue.
  • Panelists

    Gary A. Buchanan, Ph.D , Director, Division of Science and Research,
    Chairman, Internal Standards Coordination Committee, New Jersey Department
    of Environmental Protection

    Richard Calbi, Jr., Director of Operations, Ridgewood Water

    Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

    Dr. Keith Cooper, Professor of Toxicology, Rutgers University; Chairman,
    New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute; former member NJ DEP’s Science Advisory Board

    Anthony Matarazzo, Senior Director for Water Quality and Environmental Management, New Jersey American Water; Member, Drinking Water Quality Institute;
    Founding Member, Raritan Basin Alliance


    Jon Hurdle, Water Reporter, NJ Spotlight

    Presentation and Related Editorial Content

    Tracy Carluccio: Increase in Serum PFOA Predicted

    New Chemical Substitutes Threaten to Undermine NJ’s Cutting-Edge Rules on PFAS


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