PFAS: View the Online Toolkit for the Latest Regulatory News

Posted August 18, 2023 at 11:43 am



Nonprofit groups working to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) acknowledged for threatening human health are advancing their cause through website compilations that highlight such risks. Two such compilations have been added to the TRSA PFAS Toolkit on www.TRSA.org.

One is the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) interactive map that uses official records from public drinking water systems to indicate if their PFAS levels comply with an advised maximum concentration level of four parts per trillion (PPT). EWG says its researchers have used the highest quality data available, but notes that the reported levels may change with water system upgrades such as future treatment efforts.

The other data sets just added to the TRSA site are from Safer States. This group characterizes PFAS elimination as a state-driven national movement to eliminate exposure. Safer States coordinates a coalition of advocates, policymakers, scientists and representatives from some of the most impacted communities. Its PFAS Action Factsheet reports state legislative and regulatory action phasing out PFAS in products to prevent contamination in favor of safer alternatives.

These compilations can be found in the toolkit’s “Tracking Local Regulation” section.

Beyond these legalities, the toolkit explains:

  • What PFAS is and why it’s a concern
  • Remediation techniques
  • Our industry’s perspective on contending with these “forever chemicals”

The latter is detailed in the TRSA position paper included in the toolkit that outlines what approaches should be taken to any emerging regulation to ensure rules are based on strong science. The paper urges legislators and regulators to collaborate with industry on effective treatment and disposal technologies for wastewater and solids.

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