On September 8, the EPA released the Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (Preliminary Plan 15), which announces the agency’s initiation of three new rulemaking processes to reduce contaminants such as PFAS. Preliminary Plan 15 identifies existing and new industries to undergo regulatory action and provides a rulemaking schedule for such activities. Additionally, EPA will conduct studies on PFAS in wastewater discharges from landfills and other sources. Based on Preliminary Plan 15, the EPA will revise the effluent limitations guidelines or pretreatment standards for the following:
- Meat and Poultry Products to address nutrient discharges;
- Organic Chemicals, Plastics and Synthetic Fibers to address PFAS discharges; and
- Metal Finishing to address PFAS discharges.
As the EPA initiates the rulemaking process, the agency solicits public comments on Preliminary Plan 15, particularly on the wastewater provisions, the PFAS multi-industry study and suggestions on the inclusion of environmental justice in Effluent Limitations Guidelines planning analyses. To learn more and submit your public comments, click here.
On September 8, the Environment, Energy and Land Use Policy Steering Committee heard from Rob Bilott, Parter at Taft Law, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) on the health and environmental impacts of PFAS. As owners, users and regulators of water resources, counties are directly impacted by new regulatory standards to address PFAS contamination. Counties support efforts by EPA and other federal agencies to study the health and environmental impacts of PFAS compounds. Additionally, as the administration moves toward regulatory action, counties urge the administration to work closely with state and local governments throughout the rulemaking process.