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Biden-Harris: Taking a Stand Against PFAS Pollution

The Biden-Harris administration is making gigantic steps in the fight against PFAS pollution which degrades our environment and health. This article explains how that agenda will be accomplished and what it means to rural area engineers and city officials. The story covers how this action is going to change the way we deal with environmental and public health issues.

Make the Rules for Water Safety

The Environmental Protection Agency, according to the press, is setting new national rules to deal with PFAS in drinking water. The rules would require public water systems to check for the chemicals, including six PFAS, tell the public if levels are too high, and take steps to lower them.

The new reports and more detailed plan indicate how the administration will move toward managing pollution from PFAS, seeking steps to hold polluters accountable, basing decisions on science, and helping communities that need the most help.

New Rule Changes

EPA finalizes new drinking water rules that will set safe levels for six PFAS chemicals as of April 10, 2024, including 4 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS, plus 10 ppt for PFNA, PFHxS, and GenX. The EPA will hold public webinars to explain the rule.

It is the first such standard in the country that protects all communities against PFAS. According to EPA calculations, this rule will proportionately decrease PFAS exposure for around 100 million people and prevent close to thousands of deaths, along with a reduction in serious illnesses. PFAS chemicals are associated with health problems such as cancer, issues with pregnancy, harm to the heart and the immune system, and developmental problems in children.

Core Key Areas of Emphasis:

Detection and Monitoring: We are enhancing our ability to find PFAS in all settings, from our blood to marine life, to make it possible to respond to contamination better. Site administrators work tirelessly to expedite the clean-up process of PFAS contaminated areas by completing their site investigations and continuing the process of clean-up at their federal sites.

Easier provision of stronger policies and minimizing risks: Minimizing the application of PFAS and finding a safer alternative reduces health hazards.

Expanded Research: Federal agencies will expand their existing research on the detection of PFAS, health effects, and safer alternatives, including finding ways to fill critical knowledge gaps in the development of cleanup technology.

Infrastructure and Community Health Investing

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the administration has secured $9 billion over 5 years for investment in PFAS and other contaminant reduction in drinking water. The under-resourced communities stand to benefit most through investments under the Justice40 Initiative.

Supporting Firefighters

The administration has increased financing for FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, further recognizing the ill effects of PFAS on frontline firefighters. The funding is for cancer screening and wellness programs pursuant to the government’s commitment to the health and safety of the very first responders.

Conclusion

This article is indicative not only of the broad and serious take that the Biden-Harris administration is envisioning in dealing with PFAS pollution but also through setting stringent standards and important infrastructure investment and increased scientific research working toward remarkable improvements of water safety and public health. These moves are a signal of the commitment to controlling contamination already in existence and preventing further pollution for a healthier environment that benefits all communities.