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The latest news service from Inside EPA arrives in August, focusing on the hottest topic in environmental regulation: how to address widespread PFAS contamination and who’s going to pay for the cleanup?
Why are we doing this?
Federal, state and legal efforts to address the environmental and public health risks from the widespread use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are hitting high gear. EPA has just issued tough new drinking water advisories and is poised to propose an unprecedented listing of two highly studied PFAS -- perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) – as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund waste cleanup law, as well as first-time drinking water standards for the two substances.
At the same time, Congress, in a rare bipartisan fashion, is upping pressure on federal agencies, particularly the Defense Department, to adopt strict requirements for cleaning up a legacy of PFAS contamination from the widespread use of the persistent toxics in everything from consumer products to energy production to industrial and military operations.
Also, state lawmakers and regulators are facing increased community pressures to ban PFAS uses as local water utilities and municipalities are raising alarms about the liability and costs of widespread contamination in surface water, groundwater and soil. Manufacturers and users of PFAS are also facing litigation seeking damages and novel mandates for medical monitoring to assess the extent of PFAS in the bloodstream of many Americans.
Industry is already pushing back on EPA regulatory plans, arguing the science doesn't support sweeping class-based controls and that overly strict requirements could further complicate cleanups.
Inside PFAS Policy – covering the regulation, remediation and liability stemming from decades of use of these “forever” chemicals – will be available exclusively at InsideEPA.com. This innovative new service will provide detailed, exclusive reporting and analysis on PFAS cleanups, litigation and state and federal regulatory moves.
All InsideEPA.com subscribers will have full access to this new service through September 30th. After that, current subscribers will be offered exclusive discounts for maintaining access and adding this new service to their existing subscription.
Watch for more details on this new service over the next few weeks.
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