Many communities across the state are still battling dangerous toxins in their water, and New York State missed its first deadline in addressing the issue.

“It was a just a profound disappointment,” Water and Natural Resources Dir. for Environmental Advocates of New York Liz Moran said.

Moran said the lack of inaction on the state level is disappointing to the communities and people who worry about their drinking water every day.

“The Governor first promised that we would start regulating these chemicals and testing for these chemicals over a year ago, so the fact that the public is still waiting is really disappointing,” she said.

The Drinking Water Quality Council was created a year ago to determine at what level dangerous toxins can be present in the drinking water. But the council failed to meet their October 2 deadline.

“Every day that they do not have this standard in place is a day longer that thousands of New Yorkers could be exposed to chemicals that are unsafe for their health,” Moran said.

The state did not explain why they failed to meet their own deadline but did put out a press release that day announcing that the Governor is allotting $200 million in grant funding to help communities address the toxins in their water.

The only problem is that money can’t really be used until the levels are established.

“What are they going to be treating for? What level are they going to be addressing?” Moran wondered. “Until we have an enforceable drinking water standard in New York State, that question remains unanswered.”

The New York Department of Health and New York Department of Environmental Conservation sent a statement saying that while setting containment levels is important “it involves a complex regulatory process to set achievable and enforceable standards that will fully protect New Yorkers.”

The Drinking Water Quality Council will meet on October 17, but it is unlikely that the containment levels will be established that day.