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Industry Fears CERCLA PFAS Rule Will Drive Expanded Five-Year Reviews

Environmental Law Chair Jeff Porter spoke with Inside EPA for an article about a new EPA rule, which adds two PFAS to its list of hazardous substances under CERCLA, and how it could lead to expanded risk assessments of Superfund sites—despite assurances from the EPA otherwise. Jeff commented that most sites on the National Priorities List are not “final” or “deleted.” Therefore, the EPA could still further examine risks of potential contamination of the newly listed substances at sites undergoing five-year reviews. 

Jeff said, “The agency is already looking at sites where remedies have been implemented to determine if those remedies adequately account for the possible presence of PFAS. Where a groundwater restriction is part of the remedy, the answer to that question might be yes.”


Inside EPA