EPA Reg Determination PFAS

In the March 3, 2021 Federal Register (Fed Reg_Reg Det PFAS_2021-03-03) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final Regulatory Determination for eight contaminants that were listed on the fourth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL4).  In the final Regulatory Determination EPA will proceed to regulate two PFAS:  perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  As part of the final Regulatory Determination, EPA will not regulate 1,1-dichloroethane, acetochlor, methyl bromide (bromomethane), metolachlor, nitrobenzene, and RDX.

EPA has 24 months to publish for public comment proposed Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) and MCLs for PFOA and PFOS.  Following that deadline, EPA has 18 months to publish final MCLGs and MCLs.


Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments of 1996, every five years EPA is to make a Regulatory Determination (a decision whether or not to proceed with developing a drinking water regulation) for at least five constituents from the CCL.  Constituents are included on the CCL that “…are not subject to any proposed or promulgated national primary drinking water regulation, which are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems, and which may require regulation….” The CCL4 was published in November 2016.

In February 2020 EPA published the proposed CCL4 Regulatory Determination (to regulate PFOA and PFOS) for public comment.

The final Regulatory Determination was signed by the previous EPA Administrator on January 15, 2021 and submitted to the Government Printing Office. As of January 20, 2021 the final Regulatory Determination had not been published in the Federal Register.  On January 20, 2021 the Biden Administration issued a Regulatory Freeze (to allow for additional review) for regulations that had been signed but not yet published in the Federal Register.  That included the Regulatory Determination in today’s Federal Register.


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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.