Clean Water Action California Responds to EPA’s PFAS Plan With Call for More Comprehensive Regulation at The State Level

Thursday, February 14, 2019

On February 14th, 2019, the EPA announced its “PFAS Action Plan” which follows up on four commitments announced in May but misses numerous opportunities to use EPA authority to address PFAS chemicals.  EPA is announcing that it will begin the Safe Drinking Water Act process for two chemicals – PFOA and PFOS – and evaluate whether new information supports setting limits for more PFAS chemicals.  The agency also commits to improving analytical methods and to increased monitoring for more PFAS chemicals in drinking water.  

While the plan commits to some new initiatives, the plan is the least EPA can do given the urgency of the issue. In California there have been PFAS detections in 435 drinking water sources thus far.

“There are 4700 PFAS chemicals and we need to consider the whole scope of them rather than just a few, as the EPA’s plan does. PFOA and PFOS are just the tip of the iceberg. We are fortunate in California to not be constrained in what we can do to address the risks these chemicals pose to human health and water. Our state must look beyond two chemicals and consider the impacts of newer versions of PFAS that are more difficult to remove from drinking water” said Andria Ventura, California Clean Water Action Toxics Program Manager. 

Clean Water Action will continue leading efforts to collaborate with state water regulators and scientists to determine the scope of PFAS water contamination in California and protect public health.

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