Navy Citizen Suit Highlights Concerns of Water Utilities Over PFAS Hazardous Water Determination: A federal judge recently dismissed a landmark citizen suit seeking payment for medical monitoring to detect health concerns that may develop after exposure to PFAS, finding that regulators’ failure to designate the chemicals as “hazardous substances” precluded the plaintiffs from filing suit under state law (Kristen Giovanni, et al. v. Navy). However, the ruling could intensify efforts by environmentalists and others who have pressured EPA and Congress — so far unsuccessfully — to quickly designate PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the federal Superfund law. NRWA has been urging Congress to exempt water utilities in any legislation that requires the listing under Superfund.
NRWA has joined PFAS Receivers’ Advocacy Group: NRWA recently joined a coalition of PFAS “Receivers” (drinking water treatment systems, wastewater treatment facilities, and municipal solid waste landfills) in an effort to educate the public and policymakers on our perspective on PFAS issues. The organizations in the group include: The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, The American Public Works Association, The Water Environment Federation, etc. NRWA is cosponsoring the coalition’s “Fact Sheet” on PFAS topics including: ambient levels of PFAS in the environment, the fact that water utilities are not responsible for PFAS in the environment/water, and the idea that policy and regulation should reflect product manufacturer responsibility as well as cleanup, etc. (2020.01 National PFAS Receivers Factsheet).