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First EPA Efforts to Group PFAS Draw Arrows From All Sides

Sept. 27, 2021, 4:59 PM

The EPA’s first attempt to flag a large group of PFAS for water policy research and possible regulations fails to focus the agency’s attention where it’s needed, according to water utility and other groups as well as companies making or using the chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, matters because the chemicals are on a broader drinking water contaminant list it’s developing, Chris Moody, regulatory technical manager for the American Water Works Association, told Bloomberg Law. The list is the first step of the agency’s regulatory process.

The water office’s proposed group of ...

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