April 7, 2022 by Inside EPA
EPA is seeking a $3 million funding increase in fiscal year 2023 to expand its role in investigating releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under multiple environmental laws at processing and disposal sites, an effort that one former official says could preview future enforcement actions at such facilities.
In a newly-released budget justification document supporting its FY23 request, EPA says it is seeking an additional $3 million to support PFAS compliance monitoring work, particularly its efforts to “investigate and identify releases of PFAS to the air, land, and water by actively investigating” under a variety of environmental laws “at the yet-unknown number of processing facilities and waste disposal facilities where PFAS are suspected of contaminating various environmental media.”
The laws it plans to use for such investigations include the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act, Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Clean Air Act, it says.
“Funds will support case development and issuance of information requests, including the potential identification of imminent and substantial endangerment issues under CWA, SDWA, or RCRA,” the justification says.