News Briefs: EPA Won't Limit PFAS in Nation's Drinking Water, Says Politico

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a California senator proposes a bill to create regulations for breweries and wineries looking to use recycled water

An exclusive report by Politico claims the federal Environmental Protection Agency will not regulate perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the nation’s drinking water.

The chemicals have been linked to health issues including cancer and have been used for decades in nonstick pans and military-grade firefighting foam and have contaminated some American’s water sources. The chemicals are present in the bloodstreams of 98 percent of Americans, according to Politico.

Politico's report comes less than a year after the Trump administration and EPA faced backlash for trying to bury a federal health study that a White House aide says could cause a “public relations nightmare.”

Update: The EPA challenged Politico's report with a statement, but didn't outright deny the claims it made. “Despite what is being reported, EPA has not finalized or publicly issued its PFAS management plan, and any information that speculates what is included in the plan is premature. The agency is committed to following the Safe Drinking Water Act process for evaluating new drinking water standards, which is just one of the many components of the draft plan that is currently undergoing interagency review.”

California Could See Rules for Recycled Water in Wineries, Breweries

Sen. Scott Wiener (D-California) recently proposed a bill that would require the State Water Board to create regulations for wineries and breweries that want treat and use recycled water onsite.

The proposed bill would make the process more efficient for wineries and breweries statewide, according to Wiener. The regulations would require water quality monitoring, notification and public information requirements, and annual reports to the state’s Department of Public Health.

“Right now, although there are breweries and wineries that are recycling water, it is too clunky of a process and they’re forced to recreate the wheel every time when they seek a permit to do it,” Wiener tells SF Bay News. “We want the State Water Board to issue clear rules around health and safety and how you do it so that breweries and wineries that want to reuse their water know that they need to do X, Y and Z.”

Sioux City's Increased Solids Loading Stresses WWTP Processes

Treatment plant operators in Sioux City, Iowa, recently reported that the plant's wastewater discharge permit limits were likely exceeded for a few days due to an upset condition caused by excessive solids loading.

The increased levels of solids stressed some of the facility’s processes and caused a decline in wastewater treatment performance.

The plant notified the state’s Department of Natural Resources.


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