On October 18, 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced the agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021—2024, which lays out a whole-of-agency approach to addressing PFAS for 2021 through 2024.
The U.S. EPA’s approach to PFAS is focused on three central goals and objectives:
- Invest in research, development, and innovation to increase understanding of PFAS exposures and toxicities, human health and ecological effects, and effective interventions incorporating the best available science.
- Proactively prevent PFAS discharges at levels that can adversely impact human health and the environment.
- Broaden and accelerate the cleanup of PFAS contamination to protect human health and ecological systems.
The following is a list of significant actions and expected dates proposed. These policies will affect manufacturers, wastewater treatment facilities, landfills and end users of PFAS.
|Address the data gap of potential human health and ecological effects for PFAS by publishing a national PFAS testing strategy||Fall 2021|
|Ensure a robust review process for new PFAS using the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Program||Ongoing|
|Review previously approved PFAS under the New Chemicals Program of TSCA||Ongoing|
|Reclassify PFAS previously approved but not currently used as “significant new uses,” requiring new approval before the PFAS can enter commerce||Summer 2022|
|Propose a rulemaking to categorize the PFAS on the TRI list as Chemicals of Special Concern and to remove the de minimis eligibility from supplier notification requirements||Spring 2022|
|Finalize new PFAS reporting under TSCA Section 8||Winter 2022|
|Expand the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR)-5 sampling to all public water systems serving 3,300 or more people and 800 representative public water systems serving fewer than 3,300||Fall 2021|
|Establish a national primary drinking water regulation for PFOA and PFOS||Proposed Rule Expected Fall 2022, Final Rule Expected Fall 2023|
|Publish the final toxicity assessment for GenX, PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA||Ongoing|
|Publish drinking water health advisories for GenX and PFBS||Spring 2022|
|Restrict PFAS discharges from industrial sources using Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELGs)||Expected 2022|
|Use existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) authority to reduce discharges of PFAS at the source and obtain more comprehensive information through monitoring on the sources of PFAS||Winter 2022|
|Publish multi-laboratory validated analytical method for 40 PFAS||Fall 2022|
|Publish updates to PFAS analytical methods to monitor drinking water||Fall 2024|
|Develop national recommended ambient water quality criteria for PFAS||Starting winter 2022|
|Monitor fish tissue for PFAS in the National Lakes Assessment||Summer 2022|
|Finalize list of PFAS for use in fish advisory programs||Expected spring 2023|
|Finalize risk assessment for PFOA and PFOS in biosolids||Winter 2024|
|Develop a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate PFOA and PFOS as Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) hazardous substances||Spring 2022|
|Develop an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to seek public input on whether to designate other PFAS as CERCLA hazardous substances||Spring 2022|
|Issue updated guidance on destroying and disposing of certain PFAS and PFAS-containing materials||Fall 2023|
|Build the technical foundation to address PFAS air emissions||Fall 2022 and ongoing|
|Use enforcement tools to better identify and address PFAS releases at facilities||Ongoing actions|
|Break the large, diverse class of PFAS into smaller categories based on similarities across defined PFAS by parameters (such as chemical structure, physical and chemical properties, and toxicological properties)||Winter 2021|
CEC is closely monitoring developments regarding PFAS. If you have other questions related to PFAS regulations throughout the U.S., please contact Steve Maxwell at email@example.com or at 888.267.7891.