Concerns grow after chemicals with link to cancer found in NJ aquatic life

Kim Glovas
July 28, 2018 - 11:00 pm

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) -- There is growing concern after chemicals, recently linked to cancer, are found in some of in New Jersey’s aquatic life.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says PFAS have been detected in fish found in 14 different bodies of water in the Garden State.

These chemicals have been found to be foams used for fighting fires. Recently, both Bucks and Montgomery County have detected the same concerning PFAS in their drinking water.

"We've posted, for the first time, fish consumption advisories, specifically for PFAS from these specific water bodies, and we're going to be continuing these studies and broadening our fish consumption advisories as we go along," said Larry Hajna, with the DEP.

Hajna says the bodies of water include those near the Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, Whitesbog Pond in Burlington County and Woodbury Creek in Gloucester County.

The most common fish affected were large mouthed bass, sunfish, pickerel, bullhead, carp, perch and catfish.

To find out more, go to FishSmartEatSmartNJ.org