EPA Reg Det PFAS, WHO Coronavirus Tech Brief

Regulatory Determination for PFOA and PFOS

In today’s Federal Register (March 10, 2020; EPA_Fed Reg_CCL4_Reg Det), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published for a 60-day public comment period its regulatory determination for eight unregulated contaminants on the Candidate Contaminant List 4 (CCL4).  EPA is proposing the following regulatory decisions:

  1. EPA will develop regulations for: PFOS and PFOA.
  2. EPA will not regulate the following: 1,1- dichloroethane, acetochlor, methyl bromide (bromomethane), metolachlor, nitrobenzene, and RDX.

In the Federal Register document, EPA also presents updated information on three other CCL4 contaminants: strontium, 1,4-dioxane, and 1,2,3-trichloropropane.

Public comments are due May 11, 2020.

WHO Technical Brief on Coronavirus

Enclosed is a Technical Brief released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF on the coronavirus (“Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management for COVID-19” Tech Brief COVID-19_WHO_UNICEF_2020).

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About Dan Askenaizer

Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.