Environmental Justice and Setting MCLs for PFAS

In the February 9, 2022 Federal Register (copy here Fed Reg_Env Justice Public Meetings When Setting PFAS MCLs) EPA announced that they will hold two identical public meetings to…

“….discuss and solicit input on environmental justice considerations related to the development of the proposed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In the context of developing this proposed regulation, environmental justice considerations include the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies with a particular focus on unique challenges faced by communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. EPA is holding these meetings to share information and provide an opportunity for communities to offer input on the development of the proposed PFAS NPDWR.”

The public meetings will be held on March 2, 2022 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, eastern time) and April 5, 2022 ( 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, eastern time). The enclosed Federal Register notice includes information on registration for the meetings.

The enclosed Federal Register notice indicates that EPA still expects to publish proposed MCLs for PFOA and PFOS in the fall of 2022 (and publish final MCLs by fall 2023).