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EPA Might Finally Regulate PFAS But the Process Matters

The EPA announced last week that it is issuing a preliminary regulatory determination for public comment to set an enforceable drinking water standard to two of the most common and well-studied PFAS, PFOA and PFOS. This decision is based on three criteria: PFOA and PFOS have an adverse effect on public health, PFOA and PFOS occur in drinking water often enough and at levels of public health concern, regulation of PFOA and PFOS is a meaningful opportunity for reducing the health risk to those served by public water systems. This is a good thing and should have happened sooner, but likely as a result of public pressure and the overwhelming evidence of harms caused by exposure to these chemicals, the EPA is officially embarking upon this long and arduous regulatory process with an uncertain outcome.  Read more...

 

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