The first-ever national drinking water standard for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has been proposed by the Biden Administration to protect public health from PFAS pollution.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if finalized, the proposed regulation will require public water systems to monitor for these chemicals. It will also require systems to notify the public and reduce PFAS contamination if levels exceed the proposed regulatory standards. EPA anticipates that if fully implemented, the rule will, over time, prevent thousands of deaths and reduce tens of thousands of serious PFAS-attributable illnesses. This action establishes nationwide protection from PFAS pollution for all people, including environmental justice communities.