ASDWA sent a letter urging EPA and CDC to step up regulations against emerging contaminant
On Jan. 12, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) sent a letter to the U.S. EPA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging them to address the growing public health concern of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) emerging contaminants in drinking water. The letter provided suggestions for action and implored the agencies to create a concrete federal standard.
ASDWA listed their primary recommendation as the need to form a committee between ASDWA, EPA and CDC that addresses PFAS concerns. They warned that three states (Minnesota, New Jersey and Vermont) have established PFAS standards that are lower than the current federal standard and stressed the need for a consistent message.
Additionally, the letter urged the agencies to conduct more research on the health effects of the emerging contaminant, which are currently mostly unknown. ASDWA asked for regulations to protect groundwater, even proposing a reevaluation of firefighting foam and other products using PFAS.
While ASDWA’s recommendations were extensive, hopefully they will spur a discussion between federal and state regulators regarding best management strategies for this rapidly spreading emerging contaminant.