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New Jersey’s Drinking Water: NJ Spotlight Roundtable

New Jersey has led efforts to keep PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals, out of our drinking water. Experts at an NJ Spotlight Roundtable discussed the emergence of substitutes that may be just as hazardous to human health

Gary Buchanan
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 & Keith Cooper
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.


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

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