PFAS Health Effects Documents to the SAB

PFAS Documents Submitted to the Science advisory Board (SAB)

EPA submitted four documents regarding PFAS health effects to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) for review and comment.

The four documents (and an appendix) are:

  1. Proposed Approaches to the Derivation of a Draft Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for PFOA in Drinking Water.
  2. Proposed Approaches to the Derivation of a Draft Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for PFOS in Drinking Water.
  3. Draft Framework for Estimating Noncancer Health Risks Associated with Mixtures of PFAS.
  4. Appendices for Analysis of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction as a result of Reduced PFOA and PFOS Exposure in Drinking Water.
  5. Analysis of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction as a Result of Reduced PFOA and PFOS Exposure in Drinking Water.

The following text is copied from the EPA Press Release:

“EPA has transmitted to the Science Advisory Board four draft documents with recent scientific data and new analyses that indicate that negative health effects may occur at much lower levels of exposure to PFOA and PFOS than previously understood and that PFOA is a likely carcinogen. The draft documents present EPA’s initial analysis and findings with respect to this new information.”

“Following peer review, this information will be used to inform health advisories and the development of Maximum Contaminant Level Goals and a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for PFOA and PFOS. EPA is now seeking independent scientific review of these documents. EPA is making these draft documents available to the public to ensure a transparent and robust evaluation of the available information.”

“EPA will not wait to take action to protect the public from PFAS exposure. The agency will be actively engaging with its partners regarding PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, including supporting their monitoring and remediation efforts. Importantly, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden on November 15, 2021, invests $10 billion to help communities test for and clean up PFAS and other emerging contaminants in drinking water and wastewater, and can be used to support projects in disadvantaged communities.”

“EPA will move as quickly as possible to issue updated health advisories for PFOA and PFOS that reflect this new science and input from the SAB. Concurrently, EPA will continue to develop a proposed PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for publication in Fall 2022.”

Link to SAB website to retrieve copies of the PFAS Health Effects documents:

https://sab.epa.gov/ords/sab/f?p=100:19:7777001557924:::19:P19_ID:963#doc

Link to EPA Press Release

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-advances-science-protect-public-pfoa-and-pfos-drinking-water

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