Regulations Corner

EPA Releases PFAS Action Plan
U.S. EPA released their PFAS Action Plan February 2019 with the purpose of "describing EPA's approach to identifying and understanding PFAS, approaches to addressing current PFAS contamination, preventing future contamination, and effectively communicating with the public about PFAS." Among the actions, media other than drinking water are included with specific actions to:

  • develop and validate methods for other water matrices (wastewater, surface waters, groundwater), solids (soil, sediment, biosolids, fish tissue) and air (ambient, stack emission, off-gases) (Timeline 2019-2021).
  • scope risk assessment for PFOA/PFOS to better understand the implications of PFOA and PFOS in biosolids to determine if there are any potential risks (Timeline 2020).

PFAS on Maine Farm

A recent news article has received attention across the nation regarding PFAS contaminated milk on a Maine farm. The North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA) held a discussion surrounding this case and is developing a fact sheet on what has been discovered to date regarding potential sources. While there are no identified large industrial inputs into the wastewater there, they are scanning for all potential sources. Please stay tuned as additional information is available.

Visit NEBRA's PFAS in Biosolids & Residuals site for an  an overview and additional resources regarding the current state of knowledge on PFAS in biosolids & residuals.

PFAS Table Talk at BioCycle West Coast

BioCycle West Coast 2019 will be hosted in Portland, OR on April 1 - 4. Among the multiple sessions being offered, PFAS will also take the stage with a panel dedicated to "Managing Organics in a PFAS Age." Presenters will include Ned Beecher, North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA); Rooney Kim Lazcano, Purdue University; Rhodes Yepsen, Biodegradable Products Institute and Peter Severtson, WA State Department of Ecology. Visit BioCycle West Coast 2019 for program and registration details.