Biden-Harris Administration Takes Major Step to Protect Public Health with First-Ever National Standard for PFAS in Drinking Water
The Biden-Harris Administration has proposed a national standard to protect communities from PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water. The proposal will establish legally enforceable levels for six PFAS known to occur in drinking water. PFOA and PFOS will be regulated as individual contaminants, while PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS, and GenX Chemicals will be regulated as a mixture. Public water systems will have to monitor for these chemicals and notify the public and reduce PFAS contamination if levels exceed the proposed regulatory standards. This will be a major step in safeguarding all communities from these dangerous contaminants. This proposal builds on other key milestones to combat PFAS, including EPA's National PFAS Testing Strategy and through nationwide sampling for 29 PFAS in public drinking water systems.