EPA Announces the Release of Health Advisories for Four Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

PRE-PUBLICATION NOTICE. The Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, Radhika Fox, signed the following document on June 14, 2022, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). This document is not disseminated for purposes of EPA’s Information Quality Guidelines and does not represent an Agency determination or policy. While we […]

EPA Issues New HAL for Four Commonly Used PFAS

By Katherine M. Bennett, Fabio Dworschak June 17, 2022 After months of speculation, on June 15, 2022, EPA issued its drinking water health advisory for four commonly used PFAS: PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and PFBS. EPA’s drinking water health advisories provide information on the levels of a specific contaminant that EPA believes is safe for people […]

How the US EPA has fired a ‘warning shot’ on enforcement of PFAS requirements

05 April 2022 North America managing editor, Kelly Franklin, looks at how an ‘open letter’ on fluorinated HDPE containers signals tighter examination of per- and polyfluorinated substances under the agency’s strategic roadmap. A recent policy interpretation on the fluorination of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers could be a “warning shot” that the US EPA will be […]

EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024

June 8, 2022 By: Tala Henry, Ph.D. Deputy Director Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics CLA and RISE for a PFAS Update Webinar: Fluorinated Containers and Fluorinated Chemistry  Briefing Overview  • EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap  • Background on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)  • EPA’s Approach and Goals OCSPP Key Roadmap Actions  • PFAS Pesticide […]

2022 to mark a tipping point for US federal and state PFAS regulatory actions Blog

By Stephanie Grumet and Ben Bassett , The year 2022 will mark an inflexion point for the growing number of US state and Federal regulations impacting the class of man– made chemicals known as perand polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals. These chemicals have been commonly used for decades in the US to extinguish fires, create non stick […]

AGs press EPA to step up PFAS leadership in FY22 ‘spend plan’

A group of state attorneys general (AGs) is urging EPA to use its upcoming plan for how it will spend money from the fiscal year 2022 spending law on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to step up its leadership on the issue while also ensuring the funding is directed to ensure the agency accomplishes the […]

EPA Gets Serious on PFAS, Plans to Remove De Minimis Exemption

By Jeffrey Dintzer and Gregory Berlin April 14, 2022, 4:00 AM The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis includes data on the first reporting for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In connection with the analysis, the EPA announced that it was concerned by the “seemingly limited scope of PFAS reporting” and […]

Watchdog Sues EPA Seeking TSCA Program Documents Defining PFAS

InsideEPA.com The environmental watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is suing EPA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) alleging the agency unlawfully withheld internal documents on how the TSCA program developed its narrow definition of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The April 28 suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the […]

EU unveils plan for ‘largest ever ban’ on dangerous chemicals

Up to 12,000 substances could fall within the scope of the new ‘restrictions roadmap’ By Arthur Neslen in Brussels Mon 25 Apr 2022 07.08 EDT Thousands of potentially harmful chemicals could soon be prohibited in new restrictions, which campaigners have hailed as the strongest yet. Earlier this year, Europe under scientists said chemical pollution had […]

2022 to mark a tipping point for US federal and state PFAS regulatory actions

Blog post by Stephanie Grumet and Ben Bassett , 22 April 2022 The year 2022 will mark an infle x ion point for the growing number of US state and Federal regulations impacting the class of man– made chemicals known as perand polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals. These chemicals have been commonly used for decades in the […]