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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AG10 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Clean Water Act Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Organic Chemicals, Plastics and Synthetic Fibers Point Source Category 
Abstract:

As announced in the February 2019 EPA per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Action Plan, EPA is taking steps to address PFAS in the environment and to protect public health. After study of available data regarding wastewater discharges from facilities that manufacture PFAS, the EPA is considering revising wastewater discharge standards, called Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards (ELGs), that apply to these facilities. As a preliminary step in the Agency's consideration, the EPA published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit on a voluntary basis additional data and information regarding manufacturers of PFAS and the presence of PFAS in discharges from this industrial category. Also, the EPA solicited on a voluntary basis information regarding PFAS formulators, which are facilities that produce a variety of PFAS products and materials from PFAS feedstocks. PFAS manufacturers and formulators are currently regulated under the Organic Chemicals, Plastics and Synthetic Fibers (OCPSF) ELGs found at 40 CFR Part 414. The OCPSF ELGs, last revised in 1993, currently do not contain discharge standards for PFAS. The EPA will use any data and information obtained via public comment on the ANPRM to inform next steps for this category.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 414   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1311    33 U.S.C. 1314    33 U.S.C. 1361   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  03/17/2021  86 FR 14560   
ANPRM Comment Period End  05/17/2021 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0582
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Brian D'Amico
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4303T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1069
Fax:202 566-1053
Email: damico.brian@epa.gov

Jesse Pritts
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 5202P, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1038
Email: pritts.jesse@epa.gov