EPA is seeking to require industrial facilities to report “forever chemical” releases at lower thresholds and concentrations — a big win for environmental advocates with possibly significant implications for business groups.
The proposed rule setting the new PFAS reporting requirements would address what critics have panned as a “loophole” for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances monitored through the Toxics Release Inventory.
In a statement, EPA Administrator Michael Regan emphasized the action as further proof that his agency is prioritizing targeting the chemicals.
“PFAS continue to pose an urgent threat to our country and communities deserve to know if they may be exposed because of the way these chemicals are being managed, recycled, or released,” said Regan.
Under the move, PFAS would be added to a list of special chemicals of concern, mandating that companies notify EPA when they exceed very low release thresholds of 0.1 gram up to 100 pounds.