On June 1, 2020, NJDEP published its final rule (52 N.J.R. 1165(b)) setting drinking water standards, also known as maximum contaminant levels or “MCLs,” and final groundwater standards for the PFAS compounds perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (“PFOS”) pursuant to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act, N.J.S.A. 58:12A-1, et seq., and the New Jersey Water Pollution Control … Continue Reading

On December 20, 2019, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) under federal cleanup programs, such the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA’s guidance recommends the use of a “screening level” of 40 … Continue Reading

Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) installed house water filtration systems at four off-base properties in Dover, Delaware. The wells supplying water to those properties were found to have levels of PFOS and PFOA in excess of the 70 parts per trillion Health Advisory Level. The properties will continue to receive bottled water until DAFB is able to confirm the efficacy … Continue Reading

In 2019, the Attorney General of Illinois joined in a letter with 22 other states in urging Congress to address the public health threat associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This approach was no surprise, as the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) had, since 2018, determined that it was time to start assessing PFAS in the environment. See Annual 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