The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a two-day summit to address the risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a category of man-made chemicals found it a variety of products including firefighting foam previously used by the military. The summit, which will be held May 22-23 in Washington, will provide an opportunity for participants to share information on efforts to characterize risks from PFAS and develop monitoring and treatment techniques; and identify specific near-term actions needed to address challenges facing states and communities. The agency plans to develop a PFAS management plan for release later this year, according to a release.
Sambhav Sankar, executive director of the Environmental Council of the States, applauded EPA for recognizing the urgency of PFAS issues and engaging states early in their effort to tackle the problem. “Many states cannot take action on PFAS issues until EPA makes a regulatory determination, and all states would like to see continued federal research and leadership in this area,” Sankar said.