EPA Orders Cleanup of PFAS Stemming from Military Bases

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EPA Orders Cleanup of PFAS Stemming from Military Bases

On May 29, EPA Region 9 issued a Safe Drinking Water Act Section 1431 Unilateral Administrative Order to the U.S. Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard, related to their responsibilities for protecting drinking water supplies in Tucson, including communities with environmental justice concerns. The order requires the the military organizations to “conduct measures […]

Coal Ash Impoundments Get New EPA Rule

EPA today announced a set of four final rules regarding regulation of fossil fuel power plants in an effort to reduce pollution from power generation. Of direct interest to the water treatment industry is the final rule that “will require the safe management of coal ash that is placed in areas that were unregulated at […]

PFOA and PFOS Added to Superfund Law

This month, the EPA announced the finalization of a rule that designates two widely used PFAS chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. The rule will be effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. […]

New Guidance on PFAS Disposal Issued

EPA has released updated interim guidance on how PFAS disposal of and destruction of certain PFAS compounds should be handled. The updated guidance reflects the latest, best available science to provide information that managers of PFAS wastes can use to evaluate the most appropriate destruction, disposal, or storage method among those currently available. As usual, […]

New Federal PFAS Limits for Drinking Water Announced

According to the EPA, the Biden-Harris Administration issued the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to harmful per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  This rule sets limits for five individual PFAS: PFOA, PFOS, PFNA, PFHxS, and HFPO-DA (also known as “GenX Chemicals”). The rule also sets a limit for mixtures of […]