FLOW Applauds EPA for First-Ever, National Enforceable Drinking Water Standards for PFAs

On April 10, the Biden-Harris Administration and EPA issued the first-ever nationally enforceable drinking water standards to protect communities from cancer-causing toxic PFAS pollutants, also known as “forever chemicals.” FLOW applauds this important federal coordinated action designed to tackle PFA contamination, prioritize public health, and advance environmental justice in communities nationwide.

Michigan has much at stake in protecting the public from PFAs compounds. These ubiquitous chemicals have been found in hundreds of locations around the state, including drinking water supplies. In 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer directed the state to promulgate strong protective standards for PFAs in drinking water, but they were challenged and have been held up in court by industries.

Ensuring everyone has access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water is a national priority. We commend EPA’s effort to establish new standards for PFAs in Drinking Water as a first step in protecting people from PFA contamination. This work is only the beginning as there are more than 10,000 compounds in this chemical class. Establishing federal standards is more important than ever before because even in leading states like Michigan with established PFAs drinking water standards, corporate interests have challenged and successfully delayed these important protections,” said Liz Kirkwood, executive director of For Love of Water (FLOW).

To ensure the successful implementation of this new drinking water rule, the Biden-Harris Administration announced unprecedented funding, with an additional $1 billion of available funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support states and territories to test for PFAs in public water systems and private wells.

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