USEPA to Convene National Leadership Summit on PFAS
The USEPA recently sent letters to governors of 50 states and six territories about the upcoming National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to take action on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS is a category of manmade chemicals that have been widely used to make products because of their stain-resistant, waterproof, and/or nonstick properties. The National Leadership Summit will be hosted in Washington, D.C. on May 22-23, 2018.
“EPA’s leadership summit will bring together stakeholders from across the country to build on the steps we are already taking and to identify immediate actions to protect public health,” said USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through this event, we are providing critical national leadership, while ensuring that our state, tribal, and local partners have the opportunity to help shape our path forward.”
The USEPA says Summit participants will work together to:
• Share information about ongoing efforts to characterize risks from PFAS.
• Develop monitoring and treatment or cleanup techniques.
• Identify specific near-term actions that are needed to address challenges currently facing States and local communities.
• Develop risk communication strategies to address public concerns about PFAS.
Following the Summit, USEPA representatives will travel to States with communities impacted by PFAS to further engage on ways to best support the work that’s being done at the State, local, and Tribal levels. Using information from the National Leadership Summit and community engagement, the USEPA plans to develop a PFAS Management Plan for release later this year.
The USEPA has also updated the PFAS website to highlight ongoing work, including the development of additional toxicity values, analytical methods, and treatment options for PFAS in drinking water. Click here to access additional USEPA information about PFAS.