States take new PFAS policy steps as waste industry awaits federal guidelines


“Proactive” reductions of PFAS in packaging, clothing and biosolids are among the state-level actions that could have long-term implications for waste.

As the waste industry awaits new federal guidance, states are developing regulations and laws on how to manage PFAS in everything from packaging to clothing to biosolids. The question for waste companies is how these decisions could affect daily facility operations down the line.

The U.S. EPA is not expected to develop standards for certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances until next year, but the waste industry has asked Congress to grant MSW landfills a narrow exemption from liability if certain PFAS eventually are designated as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA.

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Waste Dive, 01-06-22