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Posted on: Dec 4, 2020

EPA to Regulate PFAS Chemicals in Some NPDES Permits

By Chris Kozak, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water indicated that it would start including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) terms, such as monitoring requirements, in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits the agency writes. States that implement the federal NPDES program are strongly encouraged to consider the substance in their own permits.  

The EPA is continuing to work on developing and recognizing analytical methods to test for the chemicals in wastewater and other environmental media. The goal is to put many of the building blocks in place so that “federally enforceable wastewater monitoring for PFAS can begin as soon as validated analytical methods are filed.”

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