What do the new PFAS MCLs mean for the water industry?

April 26, 2024
Industry professionals provide insight into the new PFAS MCLs, which were announced on April 10.

On April 10, 2024, the EPA announced the final National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for six PFAS contaminants. This is the first brand new Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) set by the EPA since arsenic was updated in 2001. In this episode, four industry professionals; Miles Menyhert,  liquid phase applications engineer at Jacobi Carbons; Ken Sansone, partner at SL Environmental; Kyle Thompson, national PFAS lead at Carollo Engineers and; Tom Muilenberg, chemical engineer and the global product manager at De Nora, discuss what this means for the water industry.  

Show Notes:   


  • Episode summary | 0:53
  • EPA adds PFAS chemicals to CERCLA | 4:44
  • View from a chemical engineer | 7:08
  • The value of source identification | 14:00
  • Vew from a lawyer holding polluters accountable | 16:37
  • Follow the money and the litigation | 22:05
  • View from a PFAS practice leader | 25:07
  • Supply and demand for PFAS treatment | 36:51
  • View from a product manager for PFAS treatment | 42:14
  • Human health impacts | 51:51
  • Housekeeping | 52:34

Watch the Industry Week Production Pulse Roundtable

Talking Under Water Host Bob Crossen joined his colleauges from Endeavor Business Media — Robert Schoenberger (Industry Week), Jon Katz (Chemical Processing), and Andy Hanacek (Food Processing) as well as Lynn Bergeson (Bergeson & Campbell) — for a round table discussion on the subject of PFAS regulations.

From clean air rules to Superfund implications, these industry experts shared their understanding of the impacts of these new rules on their respective markets, showing just how pervasive and vertical independent PFAS is.

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About the Author

Katie Johns

Katie Johns, editor-in-chief of Storm Water Solutions and Water Quality Products, graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Johns joined the Storm Water Solutions team in September 2019. Johns also helps plan the annual StormCon conference and co-hosts the Talking Under Water podcast. Prior to entering the B2B industry, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Sarasota, Florida, and a magazine assistant editor in the Chicago suburbs. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor. 

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Mandy Crispin

Mandy Crispin is the editor-in-chief of WaterWorld, having joined Endeavor Business Media in 2023. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has internal and external corporate communications experience in disparate industries including online retail, gaming, plastics and is now enjoying exploring the water utility space. Crispin can be reach at [email protected].