New PFAS Guidance from ITRC and U.S. Senate Advances Water Bill
ITRC Releases PFAS Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document
In the early days of PFAS research and discovery, scientists and engineers were mostly responsible for investigating the threat of the novel emerging contaminants. That’s no longer the case, as media coverage has exploded during the past several years and stakeholders are pushing legislators and regulators to coordinate a national response to the PFAS crisis. Therefore, it has become critical for practitioners to equip themselves with as much information about PFAS as possible as they enter this new stage of detection and treatment.
Fortunately, the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) has been preparing for this inevitable crossroads between ongoing scientific inquiry and public scrutiny— and is here to help. ITRC has collaborated with a diverse array of partners, which include several CDM Smith scientists, on a comprehensive PFAS Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document. The online toolkit includes a critical mass of PFAS information intended to support not only state and federal environmental staff, but also project managers, community stakeholder groups and other decision makers.
Draft Bill Authorizes $300 Million for PFAS Support
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works recently released draft legislation to assist in the remediation of emerging contaminants as part of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. In an official memo released last week, Committee Chairman Senator John Barrasso mentioned that PFAS will be the focus of the $300 million allocation. For more PFAS legislative actions, including those at the state level, read our recent roundup of the latest developments.
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