EPA Takes Three Major Steps Towards Regulating PFAS Compounds Through the Clean Water Act NPDES Permit

June 2022

Environmental, Energy & Climate Change Law and Regulation Reporter, Volume 2, Number 9

On April 28, 2022 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three actions related to the regulation of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. PFAS are a large group of man-made, persistent, and bio-accumulative chemicals that are used in consumer products and various industrial processes. To address the presence of these chemicals, the EPA has now: 1.) issued a new draft testing method intended to detect PFAS through the CWA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program (33 U.S.C. 1342); and 3.) published national ambient water quality criteria, which is intended to protect aquatic life.

Subscribers to either the Environmental, Energy & Climate Change Law and Regulation Reporter or the Western Water Law & Policy Reporter can read the full article here.