EPA Progressing on Path to Regulate PFAS

The EPA published an interim guidance document that evaluates destruction and disposal technologies for PFAS and PFAS-containing materials, with a public comment period open through February 22nd. The guidance offers you options, not requirements.

We expect the Biden administration to do more; many groups are already urging the President to set new rules on PFAS, including a January 29, 2021 bipartisan letter from Congress signed by 132 members, seeking more aggressive legislation to designate PFAS as hazardous substances and prevent their future release into the environment. In addition, EPA’s February 22nd press release shows that the EPA is continuing to take steps towards regulating PFAS, including proposing collection of new data and issuing final regulatory determinations for PFOA and PFOS.

The current disposal guidance reviews and ranks technologies with anticipated environmental impacts. It’s a great way to review the options available for your specific situation.

Finally, the guidance document lists the types of industries that have been known to generate PFAS waste streams such as chemicals, adhesives, cleaning products, metal plating, plastic and resin production, paints and coatings, fire suppression materials, personal care products, various surfactants and other uses. Nothing new here, but it’s a useful reference for you.

At Apex we’re watching new guidance and regulations that affect our clients and our projects. This guidance won’t affect ongoing work, but it is a useful tool for people just starting on new PFAS projects.

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