The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated two widely used PFAS chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

On April 10, in a move that is almost certain to result in legal challenges from states, utilities, and other entities charged with its implementation, EPA released its much-anticipated Final Rule limiting concentrations of certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or so-called “forever chemicals,” in public drinking water. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is proposing to list nine per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous constituents under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This action represents another significant step in the regulation of PFAS.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in collaboration with 3M, have successfully demonstrated that an electron beam can destroy the two most common types of PFAS in water — PFOA and PFOS.

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