Jul 25, 2018

EPA Plans PFAS Community Engagement Event in Horsham, Penn.

The agency plans to hear community feedback to help them address the issue of emerging contaminants in drinking water

Emerging contaminant PFAS community engagement session to be held
Emerging contaminant PFAS community engagement session to be held

The U.S. EPA released the full agenda for the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) community engagement event July 25 in Horsham, Penn., at Hatboro-Horsham High School.

Following the National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., and the inaugural Community Engagement event in New Hampshire, this event allows EPA to hear directly from Pennsylvania communities, Mid-Atlantic states, local and tribal partners on how to best help states and communities facing this issue. 

The July 25 Community Engagement event will include a Working Session from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and a Listening Session from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the press. 

At the National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in May, EPA announced a four-step action plan:

  1. EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS. They will convene their federal partners and examine everything they know about PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
  2. EPA is beginning the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS as “hazardous substances” through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially CERCLA Section 102.
  3. EPA is currently developing groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA and PFOS at contaminated sites and will complete this task by fall of this year.
  4. EPA is taking action in close collaboration with their federal and state partners to develop toxicity values for GenX and PFBS by this summer.

More information on EPA and PFAS can be found here.