On February 10, 2020, the Trump administration announced its proposed U.S. EPA budget for fiscal year 2021 of $6.7 billion down from $9.1 billion for fiscal year 2020, representing a 26% cut. While it is unlikely that the proposed budget cuts will be approved by Congress, it is notable that the proposed EPA budget included an additional $6 million to support the EPA PFAS Action Plan, signaling that addressing PFAS is a core mission for the agency. In EPA’s press release, the agency stated that the proposed budget “supports EPA’s aggressive implementation of the Per- and Polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) Plan – EPA’s first multi-media, multi-program, national research, management and risk communication plan to address this class of emerging chemicals. … In FY 2021, EPA will develop analytical methods, toxicity values, and additional treatment and remediation options that will help states and communities address PFAS exposures.”

EPA’s press release can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-fy-2021-budget-proposal-released