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News about the Discharge Prevention Program

June 2020 (update to May 2019 post):

The amendments to Appendix A of the DPHS rule have been adopted effective June 1, 2020 via the rule adoption of ground water quality standards and maximum concentration levels for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).  Navigate to for a courtesy copy of the most recent revision to N.J.A.C. 7:1E- Appendix A.

May 2019

lllustrative List of Proposed PFNA, PFOA, and PFOS compounds

The Department proposes to amend Appendix A of N.J.A.C. 7:1E, to add the acidic and anionic forms of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and their respective CAS numbers, the salts and esters of each of these contaminants, as well as the anionic form of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) and a listing that includes that contaminant’s salts and esters to the list of hazardous substances.

The Department has developed an illustrative list of compounds identified as salts and esters of PFNA, PFOA, and PFOS (see the Department's proposal).  This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. The Department will update this list as it becomes aware of additional compounds.

March 2014

Guidance documents are now available on the Discharge Prevention Downloads Web Page addressing plan renewals and annual audits. Guidance is also available on many other topics, including tank inspections and how to demonstrate financial responsibility.

There have been a number of questions raised since the adoption of the Site Remediation rules concerning how they interact with the Discharge Prevention rules. Please use this link for information on how the two rules apply to discharges at major facilities.


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