Media Advisory - Event: New York State Drinking Water Quality Council to Hold Special Meeting Via Video Conference on March 19


The statewide Drinking Water Quality Council (DWQC) will hold a special meeting via video conference on March 19, 2018, to continue discussions on making recommendations to the New York State Health Department to set enforceable maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in drinking water for three priority contaminants – perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-dioxane. These contaminants are currently unregulated by the federal government.

At previous meetings, the Council heard expert presentations regarding 1,4-dioxane and PFOA/PFOS in New York state's public water systems and engaged in discussions regarding the regulatory process, health risk assessment, blood testing and biomonitoring, health-based guidance and guidance levels set by other states' monitoring occurrence data, treatment methods, feasibility and costs, as well as analytical detection and reporting limits and laboratory capacity.


Mon., March 19, 2018


3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DWQC meetings are open to the public. In order to comply with the Open Meetings Law for the March 19 Special Meeting, the four locations being used in NYC, Albany, Central Islip and Watertown are open to the public and will be webcast as previously. A comment session will be held at the end of the meeting. Attendees at any of the four locations listed below will be able to provide comment during the comment session. Verbal comment is limited to 2 minutes.

The meeting locations will include:

Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
14th Floor CR1
Albany, NY

90 Church Street
CR4 (A & B)
New York City, NY

Dulles State Office Building

317 Washington Street
Suite 500
Watertown, NY

320 Carleton Ave
Suite 5000 (5th Floor)
Central Islip, NY

Members of the public who are interested in attending the meeting in person at one of the four locations should send an e-mail with their name, affiliation and contact information to:
Note: Attendees at any of the four locations may be asked for photo i.d.

Meetings can be viewed from any location live via webcast at
Webcasts of the meetings are posted on the New York State Department of Health's web site for one year within two weeks following the meeting.

For more information about the Drinking Water Quality Council and past meeting materials, please see