TRENTON – Jeff Tittel, the head of the Sierra Club in New Jersey, did his level best this morning to boost the GOP Prez Primary credentials of Gov. Chris Christie.
“The failure of the Christie Administration is its attack on science and anti-regulatory stance,” Tittel told the Senate Environmental Committee as it considered state Senator Linda Greenstein’s (D-14) S-2981. “The head of the Department is a political appointee and not a scientist. …The people of New Jersey need to have their drinking water protected, because the State of New Jersey is not doing its job.”
Greenstein’s bill, which passed 4-0-1 (with state Senator Sam Thompson abstaining) directs the Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) to study the issue of 1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) levels in drinking water and recommend, within 90 days, to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a maximum contaminant level (mcl) for 1,2,3-TCP. The bill further directs the DEP to adopt the mcl for 1,2,3-TCP based upon the recommendation made by the DWQI within 180 days after receiving the recommendation.
The chemical, 1,2,3-TCP, is a man-made and persistent substance used for paint removal and other purposes. It has been classified a “likely” carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. According to the DEP, it is a potent genotoxic carcinogen which occurs in drinking water at levels resulting in significant cancer risk based on test results from New Jersey public and non-public water supplies.