PFAS Destruction, NRDC Lawsuit

EPA Webinar on PFAS Destructive Technologies

On February 17, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (ET) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present a webinar on PFAS destruction technologies. According to the flyer enclosed below, the webinar will present highlights from EPA’s research on the following topics:

  • Assess current and emerging PFAS destruction technologies being explored by EPA, universities, other research organizations and industry.
  • Explore the efficacy of these PFAS destruction technologies, including consideration of potentially hazardous byproducts.
  • Evaluate the feasibility, performance and cost of various PFAS destruction methods to better understand potential solutions.

Link to register:

Related Information: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, required that EPA “…publish interim guidance on the destruction and disposal of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and materials containing PFAS not later than one year from the date of enactment of the FY 2020 NDAA.” In December 2020 EPA released a draft “Interim Guidance on the Destruction and Disposal of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Materials Containing Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances” for public review and comment.   The Interim Guidance addresses six waste streams, including “spent filters, membranes, resins, granular activated carbon, and other wastes from water treatment.”  The Federal Register announcement of the release of the Interim Guidance is enclosed below.  Public comments are due by February 22, 2021.

NRDC Sues EPA for Missed CCR Regulations

Under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA, signed into law in October 2018), EPA was required to promulgate new regulations for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs).  Within two years of the AWIA becoming law, EPA was to adopt regulations to make CCRs more accurate, readable and understandable.  In addition, the new regulations were also to include a requirement that public water systems serving a population over 10,000 distribute CCRs two times each year.

This month, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sued EPA for missing the deadline for CCR regulations.  A copy of the NRDC lawsuit is enclosed.

All documents here ( ToolsWebinar_Flyer_PITT Findings on PFAS Destruction Technologies NRDC Lawsuit_CCR Regs_2021-01-19 Interim Guidance Destruction and Disposal PFAS Fed Reg_PFAS destruction and disposal )

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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.