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“The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced plans for regulation that would for the first time set limits on levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that certain manufacturers and users of the chemical compound discharge in wastewater.
The EPA said it will start preliminary work on a pollution rule for how much PFAS can be discharged into sewage treatment systems and surface waters from ‘facilities manufacturing PFAS’ that are part of the organic chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibers industries. It will also work on a PFAS pollution rule for industries that perform metal-finishing operations.
There are currently no federal regulatory standards for PFAS discharges by these industries, said Albert Lin, a professor of law at the University of California Davis School of Law.
With the proposed rules, ‘for the first time, EPA is committing to limit PFAS in wastewater discharges,’ Radhika Fox, the agency’s assistant administrator for water, said in a statement. The regulations would ultimately protect drinking water supplies, she added.'”…