17 Sep 2021
On Sep 8, 2021, EPA released a Preliminary Plan 15, that identifies opportunities for better public Health protection and the environment protection through regulation of waste water pollution.
Preliminary Plan 15 announced to take three new rulemaking to reduce the contaminants, mainly PFAS and nutrients, from industries. The preliminary plan is an effort by the EPA to reduce harmful PFAS (perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances) levels found in wastewater treatment plants. The goal of this plan is to regulate PFAS chemicals entering public sewage treatment plants by establishing permissible levels for PFAS at one facility.
The three new rulemakings will be initiated after conducting several studies as mentioned in Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 14.
The agency has warranted revised Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) and pre-treatment standards, to address PFASA and Nutrient discharges for:
In particular, Preliminary Plan 15 proposes the following actions:
In addition, EPA’s Preliminary Plan 15 contains the results of studies of multiple industries, such as Metal Products and Machinery, Explosives Manufacturing, and Landfills, as well as an update on the PFAS Multi-Industry Study.
PFAs stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Its called Forever chemicals, because it gets accumulated in nature and Human body.
EPA had already indicated in March, they have plans to regulate PFAS discharge, calling it a potential future rule making.