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Public Webinar: Preparing Communities to Engage in EPA’s Upcoming Proposed PFAS Drinking Water Regulatory Process
November 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
EPA invites communities to join our November 2nd webinar to learn more about Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water, actions under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to develop a proposed PFAS drinking water regulation, and how to participate in the rulemaking process and offer EPA input on the proposed rule once it is published.
In this webinar, you will hear about:
- What are PFAS and how do they impact drinking water
- How EPA develops a drinking water regulation
- EPA’s timeline and activities associated with the proposed drinking water regulation
- What happens after the regulation is proposed and how can communities provide their input to EPA
- Where to go for more information
The webinar will also include an opportunity to submit questions. During the webinar, EPA will not be discussing the specific requirements of the proposed PFAS drinking water regulation. That information will be available once the proposed rule is issued.
Registration for the webinar is required. Translations and disability access support can be requested during meeting registration. If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording and the presentation material will be made available following the webinar on EPA’s PFAS drinking water rule website at: https://www.epa.gov/sdwa/and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas.
Under the SDWA, EPA sets public health goals and enforceable standards for drinking water quality. EPA is currently developing a proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for PFAS, including Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), two types of PFAS. EPA is also evaluating additional types of PFAS and assessing the available science to consider regulatory actions for groups of PFAS. NPDWRs are legally enforceable maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) or treatment techniques that apply to public water systems. MCLs and treatment techniques protect public health by limiting the levels of contaminants in drinking water.
In October 2021, EPA released the PFAS Strategic Roadmap (https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-strategic-roadmap-epas-commitments-action-2021-2024) laying out an approach to addressing PFAS across the Agency. Establishing an NPDWR for PFAS is a key action in the Roadmap. As part of informing the ongoing development of the proposed PFAS drinking water regulation, EPA has conducted several engagements and consultations with key stakeholders including with small drinking water system representatives, State, Tribal, and local government officials, the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, and the Science Advisory Board, as well as public meetings focused on gathering input related to environmental justice considerations.
More information about the proposed PFAS drinking water rule is available at: https://www.epa.gov/sdwa/and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas.