Mar 30, 2021

EPA Advances Efforts to Address PFAS in Industrial Discharges

In its recent ELG program planning document, EPA described its ongoing Multi-Industry Detailed Study of industrial PFAS use

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The EPA Office of Water published an advance notice of a proposed rule-making (ANPRM) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that could lead to development of effluent limitations guidelines, pretreatment standards, and new source performance standards for PFAS manufacturers, formulators, and other industries being studied by EPA.  

In its recent ELG program planning document, EPA described its ongoing Multi-Industry Detailed Study of industrial PFAS use, which focuses on: PFAS manufacturers, pulp and paper manufacturers, textile and carpet manufacturers, metal finishing companies, and commercial airports as industries of interest for potential PFAS discharges, reported The National Law Review.

The ANPRM is open for public comment through May 17, 2021.

There is no approved method for analysis of PFAS compounds in wastewater and EPA is requesting monitoring data that identifies the analytical methods used.

EPA is specifically requesting data about: PFAS in process wastewater, cooling water, contaminated storm water, wastewater from aqueous scrubbers or air pollution control equipment, off-specification products, equipment cleaning wastewater, and spills and leaks from manufacturing or formulating entities. 

In addition to wastewater characterization data, EPA will also seek information and data for potential treatment technologies, reported The National Law Review.

The Biden Administration is addressing PFAS through multiple statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, and CERCLA, reported The National Law Review. For industrial wastewater regulation, ANPRM is the first step toward new discharge limits that will set precedent for PFAS removal or reduction through application of advanced wastewater treatment technologies. 

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