On April 17, 2020, ITRC published its PFAS technical guidance that is the culmination of the efforts of a 400-person team over a three-year period that included public and private sector representatives. The guidance can be found here. According to ITRC, the Technical Guidance Document provides a summary of the current understanding of all aspects of PFAS from a … Continue Reading
Earlier this year, the EPA put out its annual Year in Review, summarizing its major accomplishments for 2019 across the full breadth of the agency’s program activities. With respect to PFAS, EPA identified the following key milestones achieved during the year relating to the issuance of its PFAS Action Plan in February 2019, and its subsequent implementation of the … Continue Reading
On March 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) issued a progress report of its Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (“PFAS”) Task Force, which can be found here. DoD is encouraging a national solution to the issue. The Task Force has been exploring AFFF replacements as required by the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”), but to date no … Continue Reading
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, and consistent with Gov. Tom Wolf’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency of March 6, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has developed guidance for those permit holders and operators who have questions about their obligations during this time.
PADEP COVID-19 Emergency Request to Temporarily Suspend Regulatory Requirements and/or Permit Conditions. … Continue Reading
Updating our previous post, as of the April 6, 2020 issue of the New Jersey Register, NJDEP has not yet published its anticipated Final Rule setting drinking water and groundwater cleanup standards for PFOA and PFOS, adding those substances to NJDEP’s list of hazardous substances under the Spill Act, and amending other rules related to PFOA, PFOS and PFNA. The … Continue Reading
Consistent with a Proposed Rule published on April 1, 2019, NJDEP will publish a Final Rule in the New Jersey Register (possibly as soon as April 6, 2020) [UPDATED 4/6/2020: As of the April 6, 2020 issue of the New Jersey Register, the rule has not yet been published; the Office of Administrative Law has confirmed that NJDEP conveyed … Continue Reading
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 acid (PFOA) in its Third … Continue Reading
Regulatory attention is focused on the presence of certain man-made substances in the environment at trace levels (parts per trillion or ppt). The science regarding whether these trace levels cause harm is not well developed. However, there is growing awareness that some of these substances are detectable in nearly all U.S. blood samples, and they are commonly present in drinking … Continue Reading
PFAS State Survey: Standards and Guidance Values for PFAS in Groundwater, Drinking Water and Surface Water
Source: Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (“ITRC”) PFAS Fact Sheets updated as of January 2020.
To see the specific state standards or guidance for groundwater, drinking water and surface water refer to Table 4-1 on the ITRC website: https://pfas-1.itrcweb.org/fact-sheets/
As of February 2020, … Continue Reading