On November 16, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) announced that a draft rule on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) standards for the state’s public water systems has been approved by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB). The EQB approved the PADEP proposed rule to set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) of PFAS to be protective of adverse developmental and immune system effects with a vote of 17 to 2.
Under the proposed rule, Pennsylvania’s MCLs will be stricter than the United Sates Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA’s) Health Advisory Level (HAL) for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The rule proposes MCLs of 14 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA, and 18 ppt for PFOS while the current HAL is 70 ppt combined for the two constituents. The proposed MCLs are based on various factors including health effects (as determined by Drexel University’s PFAS Advisory Group), occurrence data (generated under PADEP’s PFAS Sampling Plan), technical limitations, treatability/available treatment technologies, and costs and benefits.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 888.267.7891.