EPA Reportedly Won’t Regulate PFOA & PFOS Water Contamination

Despite an outpouring of stories in recent months detailing water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), Water Quality Products (WQP) recently reported the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not set limits for the contaminants so that they will be regulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act. This is somewhat surprising given the increasing amount of media reporting on the topic of PFAS contamination—including recent efforts to address the issue in Congress.

WQP does note that the EPA may list PFOA and PFOS as “hazardous under the Superfund law, which could potentially help force polluters to fund cleanup efforts”. But without federal regulations to help crack down on PFOA and PFOS drinking water contamination moving forward, it will continue to be up to state to regulate the contaminants—and home and business owners to take their own measures to ensure their drinking water is safe. That can mean using a water filter certified to help remove PFOA and PFOS.