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|Publication ID: Fall 2021
|Title: Designating PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA Hazardous Substances
On February 14, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a PFAS Action Plan, which responded to extensive public interest and input the agency had received and represented the first time EPA has built a multi-media, multi-program, national communication and research plan to address an emerging environmental challenge like PFAS. This Plan was updated on February 26, 2020. EPA's Action Plan identified both short-term solutions for addressing these chemicals and long-term strategies that may provide the tools and technologies states, tribes, and local communities requested to provide clean and safe drinking water to their residents and to address PFAS at the source before it gets into the water. The designation of PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances was one of several actions mentioned in the PFAS Action Plan. EPA is undertaking a rulemaking effort to designate PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances. Designating PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances will require reporting of releases of PFOA and PFOS that meet or exceed the reportable quantity assigned to these substances. This will enable Federal, State Tribal, and local authorities to collect information regarding the location and extent of releases.
|Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)
|Priority: Other Significant
|RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda
|Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage
|Unfunded Mandates: No
|CFR Citation: 40 CFR 302
|Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9602
Statement of Need: Designating PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances will require reporting of releases of PFOA and PFOS that meet or exceed the reportable quantity assigned to these substances. This will enable Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to collect information regarding the location and extent of releases.
Summary of the Legal Basis: No aspect of this action is required by statute or court order.
Alternatives: The Agency identified through the 2019 PFAS Action Plan that one of the goals was to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances. EPA determined that we have enough information to propose this designation.
Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The EPA is analyzing the potential costs and benefits associated with this action with respect to the reporting of any release of the subject hazardous substances to the Federal, State, and local authorities. Currently EPA expects to estimate lower and upper-bound reporting cost scenarios.
Risks: This is a reporting rule and will enable Federal, State, Tribal and local authorities to collect information regarding the location and extent of releases.
|Additional Information: .
|Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
|Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal
|Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations
|Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes
|Sectors Affected: 314110 Carpet and Rug Mills; 322121 Paper (except Newsprint) Mills; 322130 Paperboard Mills; 324110 Petroleum Refineries; 325510 Paint and Coating Manufacturing; 325992 Photographic Film, Paper, Plate, and Chemical Manufacturing; 325998 All Other Miscellaneous Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing; 332813 Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring; 424710 Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals; 488119 Other Airport Operations; 562212 Solid Waste Landfill; 811192 Car Washes; 922160 Fire Protection
|RIN Data Printed in the FR: No
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