EPAs new plan to combat PFAS
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new plans to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released four new drinking water health advisories to aid in America’s plan to furnish clean drinking water. Additionally, the EPA announced fresh fiscal opportunities to combat PFAS pollution through a $1 billion grant.
“Today’s actions highlight EPA’s commitment to use the best available science to tackle PFAS pollution, protect public health, and provide critical information quickly and transparently,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox.
These updated health advisories are based on the newest science regarding PFOAS and PFOS. Further, the new advisories will replace those for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) issued in 2016. Moreover, EPA is issuing final health advisories for perfluorobutane sulfonic acid and its potassium salt (PFBS) and for hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) dimer acid and its ammonium salt (“GenX” chemicals). This will be the first time the EPA has issued these health advisories.
$1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant
In further action, the EPA is encouraging states and communities to apply for a $1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant. This grant is designed to be used to address PFAS and other contaminants especially in disadvantaged communities.
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