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EPA Publishes Four New Draft Documents on Health Effects of PFOA and PFOS for SAB PFAS Review Panel

EPA has developed and provided four new draft documents to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) PFAS Review Panel with recent scientific data and new analyses that indicate negative health effects may occur at much lower levels of exposure to PFOA and PFOS than previously understood, and that PFOA is a likely carcinogen. The draft documents include:

  • EPA’s Proposed Approaches to the Derivation of a Draft Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for PFOA in Drinking Water
  • EPA’s Proposed Approaches to the Derivation of a Draft Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for PFOS in Drinking Water
  • EPA’s Draft Framework for Estimating Noncancer Health Risks Associated with Mixtures of PFAS
  • EPA’s Analysis of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction as a Result of Reduced PFOA and PFOS Exposure in Drinking Water

EPA is now seeking independent scientific review of these documents. Following the peer review, the agency will use the information in these documents to issue updated health advisories for PFOA and PFOS that reflect this new science and input from the SAB. Concurrently, EPA will develop Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, and continue to develop a proposed PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for publication in Fall 2022.

In addition, EPA will be working with partners to support PFAS monitoring and remediation efforts, and use of the $10 billion in new funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help communities test for and clean up PFAS and other emerging contaminants in drinking water and wastewater, and that can be used to support projects in disadvantaged communities.

For more information, read the press release, view the documents on the SAB website, and visit the EPA PFAS website.