The state has issued a directive to assess and subsequently clean up PFAS contamination in drinking water
On March 25, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered five chemical manufacturers to assess the extent of drinking water contamination and clean up pollution related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). According to USA Today, the manufacturers under the directive are 3M, DuPont, DowDuPont, Chemours and Solvay.
"We are putting these five companies on notice that many years of contaminating New Jersey’s precious drinking water and other natural resources will not go unchecked," said DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe. "On behalf of all New Jerseyans, we will hold these companies accountable and insist that they step up to address the problem they have created.”
The directive is possible through New Jersey’s Spill Act, which enables the state to seek damage claims against polluting entities. Under the directive, the companies are required to disclose all information related to their use and discharge of PFAS in the state. Furthermore, the companies will be held financially responsible for clean up of PFAS-related contamination, reported The New Jersey Spotlight.
In response, Chemours has said it is reviewing the directive and are in communication with the state. However, in a statement, it stressed that it does not use PFOS or PFOA for its products.
“Chemours is committed to taking a leadership role in environmental stewardship and supports the development of a science and risk-based approach to establish standards and guidelines for PFAS compounds,” the company said. “We believe collaboration and transparency are critical to achieving this.”