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.

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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.

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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.