Preparing for new compliance challenges: ALS' guide to PFAS regulations

(1888PressRelease) Pioneers of PFAS testing, with one of the largest PFAS testing laboratory networks in the world, global testing leader ALS surveys current and looming PFAS regulations in the United States and Europe to help prepare manufacturers to meet new PFAS compliance demands.

2024 is proving to be a milestone year in the regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Each month so far has brought new steps in the proposal or implementation of environmental rules governing PFAS:

January 2024 – US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes a new rule that prevents companies from starting or resuming the manufacture or processing of 329 PFAS without a complete EPA review and risk determination.

February 2024 – US EPA proposes modifying the definition of hazardous waste, as it applies to cleanups at permitted hazardous waste facilities, to include emerging chemicals of concern, such as PFAS. US EPA also proposes amending its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations to add multiple PFAS compounds as hazardous constituents.

March 2024 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) outlines how its two scientific committees will evaluate the proposal by 5 EU member states to impose sweeping restrictions on over 10,000 PFAS across all sectors throughout Europe.

April 2024 – US EPA designates 2 PFAS compounds (PFOA and PFOS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). This ruling enables US government entities to hold those responsible for PFOA and PFAS contamination to pay for site cleanup.

To put it bluntly: If you are involved in manufacturing, commodities, or the management of public or private environmental systems in the United States or Europe, you should be anticipating the need for initial or increased PFAS testing towards meeting new PFAS compliance demands.

As pioneers of PFAS testing, with one of the largest PFAS testing laboratory networks in the world,