Bloomberg Law
March 8, 2019, 8:42 PMUpdated: March 8, 2019, 11:50 PM

Drinking Water Limits for Fluorochemicals Years Away: EPA (Corrected)

Sylvia Carignan
Sylvia Carignan

Federally enforceable drinking water standards for two ubiquitous chemicals are likely about four years away—even if the EPA decides to act—the agency said March 8.

Limits for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances would take at least 3 1/2 years to finalize, if the Environmental Protection Agency takes the amount of time it’s statutorily allocated to create drinking water standards, Eric Burneson, a director in the EPA’s groundwater and drinking water office, said at the Global Chemical Regulations Conference in Washington.

The substances have been detected in a growing number of public water supplies around the country. EPA Administrator ...

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