EPA ‘close’ to decision on regulating PFAS, but enforcement likely years away

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JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – It’s unclear whether the federal government will meet its own year-end deadline for deciding whether to regulate two toxic PFAS chemicals but even if it moves ahead, it will likely be years before any enforceable health limits are in place.

That’s the word from Walter Mugdan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 — which includes New Jersey — who said the agency is “close” to deciding whether to begin the regulatory process for PFOA and PFOS. But he didn’t know whether it will do so by the end of 2019, as officials promised when they launched a long-awaited Action Plan on the whole PFAS family of chemicals in February this year …

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