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US EPA Declares PFAS Enforcement a Top Priority for 2023 and Beyond

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a significant shift in its enforcement efforts, making per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) a top priority for 2023 and 2024. While previous enforcement actions against PFAS have been limited, the EPA now intends to take a more aggressive stance against companies involved in PFAS production, use, or discharge into the environment.

The EPA's focus includes finalizing a rule to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA, with the aim of holding responsible those contributing significantly to PFAS releases.

Importantly, the EPA clarified that it will not target certain entities like farmers or local fire departments. This shift underscores the growing importance of understanding PFAS risks and compliance as increased enforcement actions are expected. 



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