US EPA Announces Drinking Water Health Advisories for Certain PFAS Chemicals

June 2022
Region: Americas

On June 15, 2022, US EPA issued its prepublication notice announcing final drinking water health advisories for PFBS and GenX, as well as interim drinking water health advisories for PFOA and PFOS.1

Drinking water health advisories are published pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 300g-1(b)(1)(F), which allows the US EPA to publish health advisories for contaminants not subject to any national primary drinking water regulation.2 They are developed “to provide information on the chemical and physical properties, occurrence and exposure, health effects, quantification of toxicological effects, other regulatory standards, analytical methods, and treatment technology for drinking water contaminants.”3 These health advisory levels are not regulations and are not considered legally enforceable standards.4 Here, we discuss US EPA’s recent announcement and consider how it could impact industries moving forward.