• December 1, 2020
  • EWG

Trump EPA Fails To Take Tough Action on Industrial Discharges of ‘Forever Chemicals’


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The Environmental Protection Agency today released an "interim strategy" for addressing industrial discharges of the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” called PFAS. The strategy document encourages EPA officials, when issuing permits to industrial dischargers, to “consider” whether PFAS discharges should be limited but lacks any enforceable standards for such discharges.

The EPA also does not indicate in the strategy whether it plans to develop water quality standards, limits on discharges for certain industries, and pretreatment requirements for wastewater, and does not include a timeframe for developing any such standards. 

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