Long Island’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives made a bipartisan call for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to help protect water quality at home.
The New York Public Interest Research Group found that Long Island is plagued with the most contaminated drinking water in the state.
Now U.S. Representatives Lee Zeldin, Kathleen Rice, Peter King and Tom Suozzi want the EPA to set new maximum contaminant levels for drinking water and help protect safe drinking water.
Long Island’s drinking water is contaminated with several chemicals like 1,4-dioxane and PFAS from household cleaning supplies and firefighting foam that have seeped into the ground over decades from irresponsible waste management.
The EPA plays a role in finding what levels of toxins are safe to drink and how to prevent future pollution.