On March 28, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published its Final Strategic Plan (“Strategic Plan”) setting forth the agency’s priorities over the next four years based on seven strategic goals focused on the protection of the environment and human health.
In the latest development surrounding PFAS, EPA has published a direct final rule endorsing use of the newly updated ASTM E1527-21 standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“Phase Is”).
Several environmental groups recently filed a suit (the “Complaint”) challenging two EPA rules (the “PFAS rules”) that added a total of 175 PFAS chemicals to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under what is commonly known as the Toxics Release Inventory (“TRI”).
On October 25, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a final human health toxicity assessment for two PFAS substances — hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid and its ammonium salt — also known as “GenX chemicals.”
In 2021, there was sustained and fast-paced executive action from the Biden administration focused on emphasizing and addressing the environmental and human health effects of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as “PFAS.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) launched its PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024 (the “Roadmap”) on October 18, 2021.
EPA announced plans for two separate rulemaking processes that would expand liabilities for PFAS wastes.
In September 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (“Preliminary Plan 15”) which includes two new rulemakings that are intended to reduce Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (“PFAS”) in wastewater discharges by revising effluent limitations guidelines (“ELGs”) and pretreatment standards for:
On July 12, 2021, Physicians for Social Responsibility (“PSR”) issued a highly speculative report that raised concerns about a chemical approved by the EPA in 2011 for use in hydraulic fracturing fluid that “might” degrade into the so-called “forever chemicals” PFAS or PFOA.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, are synthetic organic compounds that do not occur naturally in the environment. Some of these chemicals have been used for decades in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products.
While much of recent federal per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) regulatory activity has focused on water supply and soil contamination of PFAS compounds, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) ongoing research and policy initiatives may be laying the groundwork for potential air emissions regulations in the future.
In recent years, there has been no shortage of interest and commentary dedicated to a group of chemicals known collectively as PFAS.