News Recap 7-9-21
Union Leader: Rep. Mark Alliegro: Let the Science Decide on PFAS — Biologist and New Hampshire state representative Mark Alliegro writes about the need for a balanced risk assessment of PFAS before legislators rush to regulate. He writes: “We’ve heard so much about the need to ‘follow the science’ over the past year. But, from mask mandates to environmental policy, that’s often been code for scaring opponents into silence or inaction.”
The OC Register: Orange County Launches First Water Plant to Remove PFAS Toxins — A year and a half after Orange County began shutting down groundwater wells because of PFAS contamination, the first treatment plant to remove the carcinogens is up and operating, with two dozen more to be built. Recently upgraded California health standards require well closure, treatment, or customer notification if the water has 10 parts per trillion for PFOA or 40 parts per trillion for PFOS.
Cape Cod Times: Federal Legislation to Regulate PFAS Could Get House Vote This Month — The PFAS Action Act of 2021 recently passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and could be headed to the House floor within a few weeks. Water suppliers would have a five-year grace period during which they would face no financial penalties for violating the newly-set national standards. The grace period is intended to allow time for the implementation of PFAS treatment systems that would bring the water into compliance.
Seafood Source: US FDA: PFAS Chemical Contaminant Levels in Fish “Not a Concern” — The FDA’s most recent analysis of 94 samples of a variety of food products found only one seafood sample to have detectable levels of PFAS. Notably, since the FDA began testing foods from the general food supply for PFAS in 2019, only four samples out of the nearly 300 tested have had detectable levels of PFAS and none have been determined to be at levels of concern for human health.