News: PFAS and Drinking Water Safety

Local Lab Grows To Accommodate Homeowners Testing Water For PFAS

Nyack-Based York Analytical Laboratories Purchases Connecticut Lab Aqua Environmental To Address Growing Concerns Over Water Contaminants

January 18, 2022

Rockland residents are filled with concern over unsafe levels of chemicals known as PFAS in the drinking water. PFAS are chemicals used in everything from plastics to firefighting foam and linked to health issues like high blood pressure and cancer. While the federal limit for these chemicals is 70 parts per trillion, last summer the New York  tightened the limit to 10 parts per trillion.

For more than three decades, environmental professionals have turned to York Analytical Laboratories, Inc. of Nyack for water testing in the tri-state region. But now, York Analytical has bought Aqua Environmental Lab, Inc. in Newton, CT for an undisclosed amount to absorb the demand for water quality testing to homeowners.

“The water contamination issue has snowballed,” said Michael J. Beckerich, president and CEO of York Analytical. “Forever chemicals, known as PFAS, are a crisis in Rockland and Westchester counties. We have never before dealt with so much demand from homeowners who want their water tested.”

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Hudson Valley homeowners test for ‘forever chemicals’ found in multiple drinking water sources

December 18, 2021

What’s in my water? That’s the question many homeowners are now asking as more information comes out concerning “forever chemicals” that have been found in multiple Hudson Valley drinking water sources.

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NY braces for tougher water contaminant rules | Top Stories |

November 13, 2021

The state extended its public review period as agencies weigh new guidelines to regulate multiple contaminants in New York waters.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released new guidance Oct. 5 to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA; perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS; and 1,4-dioxane to continue protecting public health with increased monitoring of emerging contaminants to ensure New Yorkers have access to clean drinking water.

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As feds plan to tighten regulations, the business of detecting ‘forever chemicals’ will require significant money and expertise

October 18, 2021

PFAS chemicals are everywhere — woven into the fabrics of modern life as components of carpeting, clothing and cosmetics. They’re also in cookware, food packaging, drinking water and personal hygiene products.

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New York Lab At Forefront Of Search To Find Dangerous PFAS

July 29, 2021

A Nyack business has expanded to cope with increasing knowledge of and concern about the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which have deeply contaminated sites around the country including on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.

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