EPA sets national PFAS limit in groundwater

by ian

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency placed the first limit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals in drinking water.

The so-called “forever chemicals” come from common products like non-stick frying pans. They rarely degrade and are difficult to destroy, which means they linger in the air, water and soil. The chemical class is linked to a swath of health conditions, including kidney cancer and birth defects.

A handful of states already regulate PFAS, but EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the national limit.

The government is making $1 billion in funding available to help states transition within three years.

On the global level, a recent study found that a “significant fraction” of all groundwater is contaminated with PFAS levels above recommendations. Canada, the European Union, and Australia are also beginning to restrict the use of the forever chemicals.