Upcoming Actions to Address PFAS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently held a National Leadership Summit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Summit included representatives from more than 40 States, as well as Tribes, Federal agencies and staff, and industry groups.
Next, USEPA plans to visit and engage directly with communities impacted by PFAS to understand the best ways to support the work that’s being done at the State, local, and Tribal levels. Using information from the National Leadership Summit, community engagements, and public input provided by the docket, USEPA plans to develop a PFAS Management Plan for release later in 2018. Administrator Scott Pruitt also announced the following four actions USEPA will take:
-Initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS.
-Begin the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS as “hazardous substances” through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially CERCLA Section 102.
-Develop groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA and PFOS at contaminated sites, with a goal of completing this task by fall of this year.
-Develop toxicity values by this summer for GenX, a chemical alternative to a perfluorooctanoic acid used in the production of non-stick pans, firefighting foam, and common outdoor fabrics; and Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS), a chemical compound used in in some stain repellents.