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The Final Word by Helen Roush

Recently, the EPA announced a comprehensive national strategy to confront PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance) pollution. The EPA explains on its website that "PFAS are widely used, long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time."

In its press release, the EPA stated that the "EPA's Roadmap is centered on three guiding strategies: Increase investments in research, leverage authorities to take action now to restrict PFAS chemicals from being released into the environment, and accelerate the cleanup of PFAS contamination. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other elected leaders will join Administrator Regan at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, for the announcement."

The roadmap lists:

  • "Aggressive timelines to set enforceable drinking water limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure water is safe to drink in every community.
  • A hazardous substance designation under CERCLA, to strengthen the ability to hold polluters financially accountable.
  • Timelines for action--whether it is data collection or rulemaking--on Effluent Guideline Limitations under the Clean Water Act for nine industrial categories.
  • A review of past actions on PFAS taken under the Toxic Substances Control Act to address those that are insufficiently protective.
  • Increased monitoring, data collection and research so that the agency can identify what actions are needed and when to take them.
  • A final toxicity assessment for GenX, which can be used to develop health advisories that will help communities make informed decisions to better protect human health and ecological wellness.
  • Continued efforts to build the technical foundation needed on PFAS air emissions to inform future actions under the Clean Air Act."

In the EPA's commitments to action 2021-2024, it states that the approach is to "Monitor industrial categories where the phaseout of PFAS is projected by 2024, including pulp, paper, paperboard, and airports. The results of this monitoring, and whether future regulatory action is needed, will be addressed in the Final ELG Plan 15 in Fall 2022."

You can read the EPA's PFAS Strategic Roadmap by clicking here.

Helen Roush is Executive Vice President of Paperitalo Publications.


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