PFA’s have been around since the 1940s, yet recently, companies have been dealing with the aftermath of their destruction. PFA stands for poly-fluoroalkyl substances, which are man-made chemicals and the purpose for them was to fight stains, water repellents, firefighting, and other industrial applications. Although they have been phased out of production in the United States and Europe, they are still being imported and have left contaminants in our groundwater.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a health advisory on PFA’s that is equivalent to one grain of salt in one thousand gallons of water. This can affect many companies, most prominently the water industry. However, you can stay on top of the latest regulations and rules, set at the city or county level, with Agenda Discovery’s tracking software.
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How are PFA’s harmful?
The most dangerous part of PFA’s is their long half-lives and how they accumulate in the environment and in our bodies. This means that animals and humans cannot detoxify these chemicals and they stay in the body. The effects it can have on our health can be severe, as it can cause liver damage, cancer, kidney damage, increased risk of thyroid disease, asthma, increased cholesterol levels, and more.
Where are PFA’s today?
PFA chemicals are easily absorbed into the air, dust, food, soil, and water. Because PFA’s have reached our groundwater supply, they have started to affect our food supply and our household products. There have also been traces of PFA contaminants in workplaces such as manufacturing or oil recovery environments. This means they can be found in almost anything, anyone comes in contact to, if the environment has been exposed to them previously.
What is the government doing about PFA’s?
The federal government has not established a safe level yet. However, various states have set guidelines to combat this issue. The EPA has developed an action plan to fight against PFA’s that will continue throughout 2020. 23 states have policies around PFA’s. This includes Arizona, California, and Colorado.
Different states have various regulations around the PFA’s in water.
For example, Arizona’s regulation is as follows:
- HB 2554: Requires state to establish drinking water aquifer limits for PFAS chemicals.
- HB 2212: Appropriates $500,000 to test and remediate public water systems for PFAS.
To view all the regulations for each state, click here.
What can Agenda Discovery do?
If your company handles groundwater supply and is in a state where there are local restrictions, you are directly affected. Stay on top of all the rules and regulations the government is voting on or discussing. By using Agenda Discovery’s tracking software, you can be one of the first to know when the local government will revise water regulations.
Get in touch with us to learn more about how our software tracks the agendas of municipal governments at the city and state levels across the country.
Visit our website to schedule a demo, and a knowledgeable staff member will contact you within 24 hours.