WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to modify its definition of hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, to include the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.
The agency is also proposing to add nine PFAS chemicals to the RCRA Hazardous Constituents Index, which identifies chemicals that should be considered when cleaning up facilities, like Defense Department installations.
The following is a statement from Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs:
Today’s announcement by the EPA will ensure that quick action can be taken to clean up PFAS and will send a powerful signal to industry to be good stewards of their PFAS wastes. Once again, the Biden EPA is taking steps to protect us from these dangerous chemicals. We also applaud New Mexico state leaders for making this a priority for the EPA.
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