NJDEP Adopts PFAS MCLs, Microplastics


Yesterday (June 1, 2020), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted MCLs of 14 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and 13 ppt for PFOS.  In 2018, NJDEP adopted an MCL for Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA) of 13 ppt.

Link to NJDEP Press Release:


Microplastics in Drinking Water and California Regulatory Activity

In 2018 California adopted a new law that required the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Division of Drinking Water (DDW) adopt a definition of microplastics in drinking water before July 1, 2020.  The proposed definition of microplastics is enclosed (Microplastics_DDW Proposed Definition) along with a staff report (DDW Staff Report_Microplastics) on the development of the definition.  On June 16, 2020 the SWRCB is scheduled to vote on whether to adopt the proposed definition.

The 2018 law also requires that by July 1, 2021 the SWRCB must adopt a test methodology for microplastics in drinking water, adopt requirements for four years of testing and reporting on microplastics in drinking water, and develop accreditation requirements for laboratories to analyze microplastics.