"E.P.A. Will Make Polluters Pay to Clean Up Two ‘Forever Chemicals’"

"The step follows an extraordinary move that requires utilities to reduce the levels of carcinogenic PFAS compounds in drinking water to near-zero."

"The Biden administration is designating two “forever chemicals,” man-made compounds that are linked to serious health risks, as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, shifting responsibility for their cleanup to polluters from taxpayers.

The new rule announced on Friday empowers the government to force the many companies that manufacture or use perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA, and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, known as PFOS, to monitor any releases into the environment and be responsible for cleaning them up. Those companies could face billions of dollars in liabilities.

The pair of compounds are part of a larger family of chemical substances known collectively as PFAS."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times April 19, 2024.


"EPA Designates 2 Forever Chemicals As Hazardous Substances, Eligible For Superfund Cleanup" (AP)

Source: NYTimes, 04/22/2024