ASDWA and Others Urge Administration to Support Actions to Address PFAS Contamination

Yesterday, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) sent a 2-page letter (ASDWA_ECOS_ASTHO-Request-to-White-House-to-Remove-Sources-of-PFAS ) to the Biden Administration to “…..request that the administration focus additional federal resources and support to federal agencies and the actions they are undertaking to address PFAS contamination.”

Regarding EPA’s proposed PFAS MCLs, the letter states:
“EPA’s recently proposed PFAS drinking water regulation will require the installation of advanced treatment at several thousand water systems which will reduce PFAS contamination in drinking water and increase public health protection. Water systems do not manufacture or generate PFAS and serve as the last line of defense in preventing PFAS contamination from reaching the taps of their customers. While funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) will pay for a portion of the total capital costs for advanced treatment for PFAS removal in drinking water across the country, we know additional resources and actions will be needed. The burden of addressing PFAS contamination should not fall on communities served by these water systems, and we cannot fully address PFAS in drinking water without tackling the widespread PFAS contamination throughout the environment. Federal agencies must work to reduce the use of PFAS across a broad range of consumer products and the ultimate release of the substances into our air, water, and soils.”