Cross Connection Control Policy, PFAS Update

SWRCB Public Hearing on Final Cross Connection Control Policy Handbook
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) posted the enclosed revised notice (revisednotice_cccph_120523 ) of the Board’s consideration of the final Cross Connection Control Policy Handbook at tomorrow’s Board meeting. The purpose of this revised notice is to highlight the change in start time for the Board’s meeting from 9:30 am to 9:00 am.

The SWRCB’s meeting can be viewed at either of the following links:

Reminder: the Board’s consideration of the final Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) regulations is scheduled to follow after consideration of the Cross Connection Control Policy Handbook.

EPA Submits Final MCLs to OMB for Review
On March 29, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed individual Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFOA and PFOS and proposed a Hazard Index MCL for four additional PFAS for public review and comment. EPA held a public hearing on May 4, 2023, and public comments were due by May 30, 2023.

On Friday, January 15, 2023, EPA submitted the final PFAS MCLs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This would be the final step before EPA publishes the final MCLs. No other details are available.

EPA Publishes Progress Report on the PFAS Strategic Roadmap
In October 2021 EPA released the document: “PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action, 2021-2024.” The document describes PFAS activities for several different EPA offices including: (1) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, (2) Office of Water, (3) Office of Land and Emergency Management, (4) Office of Air and Radiation, and (5) Office of Research and Development.

The following drinking water actions were included October 2021 Strategic Roadmap:
1. Undertake nationwide monitoring for PFAS in drinking water, final rule expected fall 2021 (this is the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 5 (UCMR5) that is currently ongoing and includes monitoring for 29 PFAS).
2. Establish national primary drinking water regulations for PFOA and PFOS.
3. Publish health advisories for GenX and PFBS.
4. Publish updates to PFAS analytical methods to monitor drinking water, expected Fall 2024.

Last week, EPA released the Second Annual Progress Report for the PFAS Strategic Roadmap (EPA PFAS Strategic Roadmap_Second Progress Rpt_Dec 2023).