Washington continues wide-ranging efforts to address PFAS with release of the draft chemical action plan


The Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the Department of Health have jointly released the Draft Chemical Action Plan (CAP) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Draft CAP will be available for public comment through December 7, 2020. CAPs are advisory and do not themselves create new restrictions, but the recommendations in a CAP may lead to legislative or regulatory action. Interested stakeholders should take this opportunity to provide input to Ecology.

The Draft CAP builds on previous work by Ecology to recommend actions to study and address PFAS in the environment, including an Interim CAP in April 2018 and Preliminary CAP recommendations in May 2019. Through this work, Ecology has developed the following four broad categories of recommendations spanning multiple programs.

Ensure safe drinking water

The Draft CAP recommends identifying sources of funding to mitigate PFAS in drinking water, with the long-term expectation that such costs will be reimbursed by responsible parties, if PFAS are classified as a hazardous substance under state or federal law. In addition to funding, the Draft CAP recommends technical support at PFAS contamination sites and studies to research health impacts.

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National Law Review, 20 October 2020
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