Apr 16, 2018

WQA to Join National Leadership Summit on PFAS

Two WQA representatives will join EPA’s National Leadership Summit on PFAS contamination

WQA to represent at PFAS groundwater contamination summit

Two representatives of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) have been invited to a National Leadership Summit convened by the U.S. EPA to take action on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  PFAS, such as PFOA and PFOS, are chemicals not found naturally in the environment but used in many products because of stain-resistant, waterproof and non-stick properties.

“EPA’s leadership summit will bring together stakeholders from across the country to build on the steps we are already taking and to identify immediate actions to protect public health,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a news release.

WQA Government Affairs Director David Loveday and Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy were asked to take part at the summit May 22 to 23 in Washington, D.C.

“Drinking water contaminated by PFAS is a growing problem in the United States, and we commend EPA for leading this national effort to address the problem head on,” Loveday said. “We want to be sure consumers have the information they need concerning their personal risks and ways to alleviate those risks.”

Food or contaminated air and drinking water are among the sources of PFAS, which are believed to put overexposed consumers at health risks. In May 2016, the EPA released a lifetime health advisory recommending no more than 70ng/L across a person’s lifetime, although this is a non-regulatory, non-enforceable advisory. Several states have devised their own regulations but have called on EPA for leadership on the issue.

WQA recommends homeowners have their drinking water tested through a certified water-testing laboratory. Homeowners can check with WQA to find a water quality professional to help. WQA also recommends products that have been certified for PFOA removal. A list of products that have been certified by WQA can be found here.