Pennsylvania PFAS Updates

On November 16, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (“EQB”) voted to approve the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (“PADEP”) proposed rule to set binding regulatory standards, known as maximum contaminant limits (“MCLs”) for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.  As discussed in an earlier post, the proposed rule would set those limits at 14

New Pennsylvania Department of Environmental of Protection (“PADEP”) regulations that include new cleanup standards for three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday, November 20, 2021, and are now effective and available for remediation under the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (“Act 2”).

We have discussed

On September 23, 2021, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved a final form rulemaking that revises the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) regulations that implement that Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2).

As we discussed in a previous post, this regulatory revision includes the following new groundwater

The process to revise regulations in Pennsylvania is often long and involved, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) revision to its Act 2 Chapter 250 regulations to incorporate cleanup standards for three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has proved to be no exception.  PADEP first published its regulatory proposal in the Pennsylvania Bulletin

At its July 29, 2021 meeting, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“Department”)’s Public Water System Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Board voted to recommend that the Department proceed with a draft proposed rulemaking to set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in drinking water for certain PFAS compounds.  The Department has proposed drinking water levels of 14

On March 24, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) announced that it issued an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to the Biddle Air National Guard Base (ANGB) (formerly the Horsham Air Guard Station) containing discharge limits of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for the combined concentration of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

The march toward regulation of PFAS in Pennsylvania continues (see our recent post on statewide public water system sampling results), with the release of final data from sampling conducted in September 2019 of surface waters throughout the Commonwealth.  The study, a collaboration among the U.S. Geological Service (“USGS”), the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PADEP”) published for public comment its proposed update to the Chapter 250 regulations under the “Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act” – frequently referred to as Act 2. As part of its regulatory update, PADEP proposed to include remediation standards for three Per- and polyfluoroalkyl

2020 promises to be a busy year for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and its goal to regulate and address PFOA and PFOS contamination.

Pennsylvania first became aware of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as an emerging contaminant in 2013, after the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic