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NDAA to Include PFAS Transparency Measure Supported by Toomey and Casey

June 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan measure co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to provide greater transparency on the use and risks associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is being adopted as part of the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The amendment will provide a clear process for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and share with the public and policymakers the sources of PFAS releases around the country, while respecting formal rulemaking processes and sound science.

"All Pennsylvanians - particularly the residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties - should be fully aware of any risks associated with PFAS in drinking water," said Senator Toomey. "The EPA's Action Plan announced earlier this year is a step in the right direction, but this bipartisan measure will do more to inform impacted communities through increased accountability and transparency."

"Listing PFAS on the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory will help us better understand how PFAS enters our environment and will further our remediation efforts," said Senator Casey. "I support efforts to get to the root sources of PFAS contamination and chart a path forward to getting PFAS below toxic levels in our environment and ensuring Pennsylvanians have clean water."

The bipartisan measure will:

  • Set a national primary drinking water regulation for PFAS based on PFOA and PFOS under the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Issue a section 8(a) data call to PFAS manufacturers under the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Finalize a 2015 Significant New Use Rule on long-chain PFAS under the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Issue guidance on how to dispose of and destroy PFAS