PRESS RELEASE – Well-water located near the Rockland Fire Training Center was recently tested for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) at the direction of the state Department of Health. This testing was part of the New York State Water Quality Rapid Response Team’s state-wide efforts to identify and test regulated water systems near facilities suspected to be frequent users of PFOA and PFOS, including fire departments and training sites, which may have used fire-fighting foam containing the substances. For more information on the state initiative go here.

PFOA and PFOS were detected in wells near the Fire Training Center at levels well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion for both substances combined.

“We take drinking water safety very seriously, and are committed to sharing available information with our community in a timely manner,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. “Test results for these two substances in water samples from wells in Pomona are substantially below the EPA’s health advisory level, and indicate that the water is acceptable for all uses, including drinking.”

According to the EPA, lifetime exposures to PFOA and PFOS below 70 parts per trillion are not expected to result in adverse health effects, even for the most sensitive population.

Rockland Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Ruppert and her staff have reviewed the results.

To date, there have been no detections in Rockland County drinking water approaching the EPA health advisory limit.

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