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Sunday, November 3, 2019

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) is developing a fact sheet on Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to be used at a national level to provide further education on the issue, specifically in regards to potential regulations affecting drinking water treatment systems, wastewater treatment facilities, and municipal solid waste landfills. CASA is asking organizations to endorse the document and this Alert requests that the Core Advocacy Group review the fact sheet and determine if SWANA should support it going forward. Please provide feedback to John Foster by Nov. 8.

[ Download the Draft Fact Sheet ]

About PFAS

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made fluorinated compounds which are used for a variety of applications by both industry and residential households. Because PFAS are ubiquitous in households, consumer products, food, and the environment generally, they will typically make their way into the wastewater and solid waste streams.

The fact sheet supports CASA's collective mission to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation services and provides insight on how regulation of PFAS could have significant unintended impacts on public municipalities and individuals, as numerous public systems could be deemed unusable and/or need to install expensive additional treatment systems. Similarly, restrictions on the type of waste that can be disposed at solid waste landfills may result in limited and less protective options.

The fact sheet ultimately advises legislators, regulators, and drinking water agencies, wastewater, and solid waste agencies to work collaboratively to examine how to deal with PFAS holistically, with science guiding the decision making.