EPA to establish toxicity level for GenX, other contaminants

EPA to establish toxicity level for GenX, other contaminants

WASHINGTON (WECT) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it will establish toxicity levels for GenX and other chemicals in the water.

EPA director Scott Pruitt made the announcement Tuesday during the two-day PFAS National Leadership Summit and Engagement in Washington, D.C.

"As we've used those chemicals over the course of many, many decades... there are concerns across the country about these chemicals because of they're persistence, their durability getting into the environment and impacting communities in an adverse way," Pruitt said.

Cape Fear Public Utilities Authority participated in the summit Tuesday. CFPUA Director of Engineering Carel Vandermeyden spoke about the utility's experience dealing with prefluorinated compounds in drinking water.

The EPA announced the following four-step plan Tuesday:

  • EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS. We will convene our federal partners and examine everything we know about PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
  • EPA is beginning the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS as “hazardous substances” through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially CERCLA Section 102.
  • EPA is currently developing groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA and PFOS at contaminated sites and will complete this task by fall of this year.
  • EPA is taking action in close collaboration with our federal and state partners to develop toxicity values for GenX and PFBS

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