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Montville Township Water "Well Within Guidelines" for Toxin

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John Perry, Director of the Department of Public Works/Water & Sewer Utilities, speaking Sept. 27, 2016. Seated next to him is Assistant Township Administrator June Hercek. Credits: Melissa Benno
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MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township water levels tested 1,000 times lower than the EPA and NJ DEP standards for the cancer-causing chemical chromium-6 and 100 times lower than the California standard for the toxin.

Township water levels tested at .03 to .1 parts per billion for chromium-6, which is “well within the guidelines,” according to John Perry, Director of Public Works/Water and Sewer Utilities for the township.

“There is no maximum contaminant level for chromium-6,” Perry said. “So the EPA put together the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation-3 to test for unregulated contaminants like chromium-6. We participated in that [testing], and so did all of the large water systems in the state – it’s required.”

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Perry said a news article has been circulating around town which centers on a paper published by the Environmental Working Group, and their own, “very small” recommended levels of chromium-6 at .02 parts per billion. The article states that township water is above recommended levels.

However, no regulatory agency has made that small of a recommendation, Perry said.

“Just to let you know how small that is,” Perry said, “The equipment used in this testing goes to a detection level of .03 parts per billion. So the minimum detection level on the equipment is higher than what they’re recommending.”

Perry said California and New Jersey are the two most stringent states in the country as far as environmental regulations, but only California has regulations regarding chromium 6, which is 10 parts per billion.

“All the systems tested well below that level,” Perry said.

“That piece going out with the data like that is very irresponsible journalism,” Perry said. “It will panic people who don’t know it comes from a recommendation that has no regulatory authority whatsoever.”

For more information about Montville Township’s water safety, refer to the township’s website at http://www.montvillenj.org/.

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