The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be sending a PFAS questionnaire to electroplaters to collect data for the agency’s planned revision of the metal finishing and electroplating guidelines.

Attorney Ethan Ware is one of the foremost experts on environmental law and has sound advice for any of the 1,815 shops in the U.S. that the EPA will send the survey to determine their effluent discharge for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

“Under the Clean Water Act, there is no question that the EPA is trying to do their job,” says Ware, chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Group at Williams Mullen in Columbia, South Caroline, who represents clients in a broad range of matters involving environmental issues.

“The problem seems to be that — rather than limiting it in scope to the objectives of the Clean Water Act and to the way the regulations are typically developed — the EPA seems to have gone beyond that now,” Ware says.

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