Author Archive | Thomas Sexton, P.E.

EPA Says It Will Decide on PFAS MCLs by End of the Year

11/07/2019 Contact Information: EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON ⁠— As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to help communities address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the PFAS Action Plan, the Agency is releasing the Systematic Review Protocol for five PFAS toxicity assessments for a 45-day public comment period. The assessments […]

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NRWA and AWWA Send Statement to EPA Urging the Agency NOT to Allow Water Utilities To Be Exposed to Superfund Liability for PFAS That Pass Through Their Utilities

Listing of PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under the Superfund program (CERCLA) would create a mandate for cleanup on US goverment-controlled properties. While groundwater cleanup is always a good thing, without carefully written regulations, water suppliers could also potentially take on liability. See AWWA-NRWA PFAS letter to EPA – Nov 2019to EPA from AWWA and […]

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Water Systems to Improve Preparedness, as EPA Deadlines Approach

America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 required that community water systems serving more than 3,300 persons do the following: * Conduct Risk and Resilience Assessments, by deadlines according to system size. * Update the water system’s existing Water System Emergency Response Plans within 6 months of the RRAs * Submit certifications to USEPA by specified […]

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State Funding to Support PFAS Treatment

Proposed spending of surplus State revenue from fiscal 2019 is outlined in House Bill 4132. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection would receive $8,400,000 For the testing of potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of water supplies and for grants to support treatment and design of affected drinking water systems. The Massachusetts Clean Water […]

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EPA Publishes Draft Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

EPA Proposes Updates to Lead and Copper Rule to Better Protect Children and At-Risk Communities 10/10/2019 Contact Information: EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) GREEN BAY, Wisc. (October 10, 2019) — As part of Children’s Health Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take […]

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Associations advocate for appropriate science in PFAS regulations

Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) regulations for drinking water limits are developing quickly, state by state, progressing to lower limits in many instances. EPA moves forward on its deliberate process of setting drinking water contaminant limits compound by compound, taking economic impact into consideration. Public pressure mounts, with campaigns by environmental advocacy groups, to bring forth new […]

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