Manufacturing Groups Sue to Block EPA’s Water Standards on PFAS

The suit calls the agency update to water-quality regulations “an abuse of discretion.”

A coalition of manufacturing companies and chemical producers filed a lawsuit this week against new federal water-quality standards limiting “forever chemicals” in U.S. tap water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put its first-ever limit on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) this past April. This requires water agencies to enforce a Maximum Contaminant Level of 4 parts per trillion on PFAS in tap water.

The EPA estimates that around 8 percent of U.S. water agencies will be required to take action to meet this new requirement, which is intended to reduce the risk of cancers and birth defects that may be caused by ingesting PFAS.

In the suit filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the regulation, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council call the rule “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.”

This is the second lawsuit filed against the EPA’s limit on PFAS in the water supply. The American Water Works Association and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies filed a similar lawsuit last week.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Michael Regan and members of the EPA as they endeavor to reduce the “forever chemicals” Americans are exposed to in tap water.
  • For wisdom for the federal circuit court judges who will hear the case and determine the authority of the environmental agency to make the rule.

Sources: Reuters, Environmental Protection Agency


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