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The EPA wants to hear from you on July 25 on this important issue | Opinion By Guest Editorial By Cosmo Servidio, US EPA

The EPA wants to hear from you on July 25 on this important issue | Opinion

https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/07/the_epa_wants_to_hear_from_you.html

Updated 8:02 AM; Posted 8:00 AM

By Guest Editorial

By Cosmo Servidio

 

As someone who has lived in the Mid-Atlantic region for many years, I am fully aware and proud of the important role our region has played in the development of American culture, commerce, industry, and environmental stewardship throughout the years.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA and PFOS. Since the 1940s, PFAS has been manufactured and used in a variety of everyday products from firefighting foam to food packaging.

Today, some of our communities are facing a unique problem because PFAS have been detected in their groundwater and drinking water raising concerns about health risks.

Rest assured that PFAS is a national priority. At the National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in May, EPA announced the following additional actions:

 

  1. EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS. We will convene our federal partners and examine everything we know about PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
  2. EPA is beginning the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS as “hazardous substances” through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially CERCLA Section 102.
  3. EPA is currently developing groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA and PFOS at contaminated sites and will complete this task by fall of this year.
  4. EPA is taking action in close collaboration with our federal and state partners to develop toxicity values for GenX and PFBS by this summer.

 

As a follow-up to the national summit, EPA is visiting communities impacted by PFAS to further engage on ways EPA can best support the work being done at the state and local levels.

In addition, we want to ensure the input received at these regional events help shape our path forward.

Using information from the summit, community engagements, and public input in the docket, EPA plans to develop a PFAS Management Plan for release later this year.

The next EPA community engagement meeting is scheduled to take place on July 25 in Horsham, Pa. at the Hatboro-Horsham High School.

Just as our region has played an active role in shaping our country’s history, our citizens continue to be a key voice on national issues. I encourage you to attend this upcoming meeting and provide input.

If you’re unable to attend in person, you can submit written comments.

I look forward to hearing from you.

For more information about the upcoming meeting, including how to register and how to provide written comments, please visit this website.

 

Cosmo Servidio is the regional administrator, Mid-Atlantic Region, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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