EPA Announces BIL Funds Available for Emerging Contaminants

February 13, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release announcing the availability of $2 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to “….address emerging contaminants, like Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water across the country. This investment, which is allocated to states and territories, will be made available to communities as grants through EPA’s Emerging Contaminants in Small or Disadvantaged Communities (EC-SDC) Grant Program and will promote access to safe and clean water in small, rural, and disadvantaged communities while supporting local economies.”

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $5 billion over five years to help communities that are on the frontlines of PFAS contamination reduce PFAS in drinking water. This initial allotment of $2 billion to states and territories can be used to prioritize infrastructure and source water treatment for pollutants, like PFAS and other emerging contaminants, and to conduct water quality testing.”

Link to EPA Press Release

At the bottom of the Press Release, EPA provides updates on several other regulatory actions regarding PFAS, including EPA’s efforts to propose Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFOA and PFOS. As indicated in the Press Release, the proposed MCLs are still undergoing review at the Office of Management and Budget. EPA states their goal continues to be to publish final MCLs by the end of 2023.