Existing Regulatory Efforts to Address PFAS

Our Approach:

We strongly support the responsible production, use and management of fluorinated substances and support a comprehensive approach to managing PFAS that will ensure protection of human health and the environment, taking into consideration the diversity of physical and chemical properties and the environmental and health profiles of these substances.

The four pillars of a comprehensive approach include:

 

  1. Prioritize: Assess, categorize and prioritize PFAS substances based on science, use and risk
  2. Manage: Manage priority PFAS in an expedited manner through regulation and stewardship
  3. Remediate:  Advance remediation of priority media and sites where levels may present a risk
  4. Track: Assess effectiveness of overall PFAS efforts and determine need for any future action

Progress:

To date, we have been pleased to work with regulators and lawmakers at the federal and state level on a host of initiatives to address key issues while continuing to allow for the important uses and benefits of PFAS technologies.

We support the EPA’s PFAS Action plan which has taken significant steps to advance a comprehensive approach with many more actions forthcoming.

EPA’s Comprehensive Action Plan:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is addressing PFAS with a comprehensive approach through their PFAS Action Plan. Many concrete steps are already underway, including:

The EPA has made preliminary determinations to establish maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in drinking water for PFOA/PFOS

  The EPA has made interim recommendations for acceptable levels of PFOA and PFOS in groundwater

  The EPA issued expanded significant new use restrictions (SNUR) on long-chain PFAS, in addition to the comprehensive EPA Stewardship Program that has already been completed

  The EPA has expanded testing methods for other PFAS chemistries in water

  The EPA is developing toxicity values for priority PFAS chemistries, including toxicity values for Gen-X and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid

The EPA has identified PFAS chemistries currently in commerce to determine the most appropriate approach to prioritizing the review of this large and diverse group of chemistries

  The EPA has developed and implemented consent agreements with manufacturers for development of new PFAS

 EPA has announced that it will collect national drinking water occurrence data for a broader number of PFAS as part of the Agency’s upcoming Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5)

  EPA has established a multi-disciplined research staff team (the PFAS Innovative Treatment Team, or PITT) focused on the removal, destruction, and testing of PFAS-contaminated media and waste

  EPA has initiated efforts to categorize and prioritize industrial sources of PFAS for the development of national effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs)

  The EPA has updated its Drinking Water Treatability Database with new treatment options and scientific references for 26 PFAS chemistries, including PFOA and PFOS

We also worked with lawmakers in Congress to incorporate many PFAS initiatives in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that have already been started and include:

  Requires the reporting of 172 different PFAS chemistries under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), beginning in 2021

  Imposes restrictions on AFFF firefighting foams being used at military facilities

  Requires the development of guidance for proper management and disposal of AFFF containing PFAS

  Authorizes cooperative agreements between DoD and states for testing, monitoring, and remediation of PFAS contamination near military facilities

  Requires increased data submission by PFAS manufacturers to EPA

  Expands funding to address emerging contaminants with a particular emphasis on PFAS under the State Revolving Fund

  Requires monitoring for additional PFAS by EPA and the United States Geological Survey

At the state level, we have worked in a bipartisan fashion to support a broad range of legislation, including legislation on food packaging, firefighting foam, and MCLs. We are also working to advance best practices on the part of industry and work proactively with government and stakeholders to advance policies and regulations based on science and risk to help inform common-sense solutions.

Our member companies are dedicated to the responsible production, use, and management of PFAS chemistries in a manner that protects the public health and our environment. We will continue to engage with lawmakers and regulators on this important issue and support strong, science based chemical regulations that are protective of the safety of human health and the environment.

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