EPA pledges to regulate PFAS in drinking water on Trump’s last full day

EPA headquarters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2018. (Garret Ellison | MLive)

WASHINGTON, DC — More than two years after a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator said during a 2018 pollution summit that the agency would regulate toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in American drinking water, EPA leaders finally announced a commitment to do just that on Donald Trump’s last full day as president.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the EPA announced it “will now initiate the process to develop a national primary drinking water regulation” under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act for two individual compounds, PFOS and PFOA — the most well-known and studied among thousands of different PFAS variants in use or polluting various water supplies.