The State & Environmental Impact Center

Fifteen AGs Called for Broader Regulation of Dangerous “Forever” PFAS Chemicals

September 17, 2021

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of fifteen attorneys general in submitting comments to the EPA regarding the agency’s proposal to list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a class in the draft Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List 5, which is the first step towards regulating PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The AGs argued that the definition EPA proposed would exclude some of the more than 4,000 types of known PFAS and urged the agency to broaden its definition. The coalition also urged the agency to consider setting drinking water standards for PFAS as a class, as a more effective approach to regulating the chemicals than having to list and regulate each type individually.