U.S. EPA Establishes New Council to Address PFAS Contamination

April 27, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan formally called for the establishment of a new “EPA Council on PFAS”.

This council will be led by Radhika Fox (Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Water) and Deb Szaro (Acting Region 1 Regional Administrator) and its membership will be drawn from senior EPA officials from across the agency. Its mission will be to strategize on how EPA’s existing authorities can best be used to mitigate and reduce contamination of drinking water by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The chemicals, previously used in a wide range of manufacturing processes, have emerged as a widespread contaminant and are a potential threat to public health.

Specifically, Administrator Regan outlined these goals for the Council:

  • Develop "PFAS 2021-2025 -Safeguarding America's Waters, Air and Land," a multi-year strategy to address PFAS pollution
  • Continue interagency coordination on PFAS issues
  • Expand engagement with federal, state, and tribal partners

You can read Administrator Regan’s official memorandum establishing the Council here, and EPA’s announcement here.

For any questions regarding the Council or PFAS issues more broadly, please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Michael Altman at maltman@apwa.net or (202) 218-6727.