Key EPA Actions 2016 – 2021 | PFAS Resources

  • 2016: EPA developed a Health Advisory Level (HAL) for PFOA/PFOS in drinking water. A HAL provides technical information on a particular contaminant or group of contaminants, but is not an enforceable standard | EPA PFOA & PFOS HAL Fact Sheet >
  • February 2019: EPA published a PFAS Action Plan that outlines the tools EPA is developing to address PFAS in drinking water, identify and clean up PFAS contamination, expand monitoring of PFAS in manufacturing, increase PFAS scientific research and exercise enforcement tools. EPA issued an Update to its PFAS Action Plan in February 2020 and is working toward a regulatory determination for certain PFAS under SDWA | EPA’s PFAS Action Plan > | EPA PFAS Fact Sheet & Infographic >
  • November 2020: EPA is developing new analytical methods to test for PFAS compounds in wastewater, as well as other environmental media | EPA’s Press Statement > | EPA Memo > | EPA PFAS Data and Tools >
  • December 2020: EPA issued interim guidance about the current state of the science on techniques and treatments that may be used to destroy or dispose of PFAS and PFAS-containing materials from non-consumer products, including aqueous film-forming foam (for firefighting) | EPA’s Press Statement > | EPA Interim Guidance >
  • January 2021: EPA shared new information about PFAS contamination related to pesticide packaging, and its related investigation and recommendations. EPA determined that fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers that are used to store and transport a mosquito control pesticide product contain PFAS compounds that are leaching into the pesticide product. As new information becomes available, EPA will provide updates | EPA's Press Statement > | PFAS in Pesticide Packaging >
  • October 2021: EPA's PFAS Strategic Roadmap is released. The roadmap provides a description of forthcoming federal regulatory activities, including a projected timeline of the completion of each. Many major EPA programs will be updated for regulation of select PFAS such as the Offices of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Water, Land and Emergency Management, Air and Radiation, Research and Development and cross-program efforts | View PFAS Strategic Roadmap >