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Communication & Education Vital for PFAS HAL, Firms Say

80% of PFAS exposure comes from sources other than drinking water, EPA says. EPA is not advocating utilities detect or treat below 4 ppt. Utilities likely to reconsider treatment options for PFAS.

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 The U.S. EPA’s per- and polyflouroalkyl substances (PFAS) health advisory level announcement June 15 highlights the criticality of stakeholder engagement and communications, according to industry experts.

The EPA released drinking water health advisories for PFOA, PFOS, GenX and PFBS last week at levels the agency noted it cannot yet detect. Previously, the combined health advisory level was 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and PFOS. The detection level is still 4 ppt.

Industry associations released statements highlighting the levels for PFOA (0.004 ppt) and PFOS (0.02 ppt) and the impact that would have on utilities and their communities. Engineering firms shared similar sentiments but also noted the importance of properly communicating this announcement to not only the industry but also to the general public.

What is a Health Advisory Level? A health advisory level is a non-regulatory and non-enforceable level determined by EPA using the latest available science. It indicates a level at which a contaminant […]

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