EPA Proposes New Superfund Designation of 'Forever Chemicals'
If finalized, it could make PFAS polluters pay for cleanup
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new proposal on Friday to designate two of the most widely used per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as “Superfund.”
This step follows an announcement from the EPA in June, lowering the allowable limits of four types of PFAS in drinking water. But that was an advisory, not an enforcement. If finalized, this new “Superfund” designation would institute reporting requirements for businesses that pollute the environment with PFAS and give the EPA tools to collect cleanup costs from those businesses as well.