Congressional PFAS Task Force Sends Priorities to President Biden

The bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, led by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), has sent a letter to President Biden that outlines priority actions to address PFAS. The letter was signed by 132 members of Congress and urges immediate steps to reduce PFAS releases, phase out non-essential uses of PFAS in everyday products, and clean up legacy PFAS pollution. Some of the multiple actions outlined in the letter that relate to drinking water include the following that, “Direct the EPA to:

  • Quickly finalize a national drinking water standard for PFOA and PFOS.
  • Quickly restrict industrial releases of PFAS into the air and water by using the tools provided by the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act and to expand reporting of these releases through the Toxic Release Inventory.
  • Immediately designate two types of PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, as “hazardous substances” under CERCLA and to revise groundwater clean-up standards.
  • Immediately place a moratorium on the introduction of new PFAS chemicals and to use all of use tools provided by the Toxic Substances Control Act to assess the risks posed by PFAS.”

For more information, read the press release and letter to President Biden.