Adrienne Nemura Presented on EPA's New Action Plan for PFAS
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Adrienne Nemura, a scientific consultant with Geosyntec, gave a comprehensive description of EPA's new Action Plan on PFAS.

Adrienne summarized that the class of chemicals at issue have wide reaching availability in manufactured products, anywhere from Teflon coating to fire suppression foam. She stated that numerous cases of public health impacts have been attributed to the variety of products with the PFAS/PFOA chemical constituents. EPA has moved the industry to voluntary removal of the class of compounds in U.S. manufacturing and products, but many imported products contain the same substances. In the meantime, the water quality standards being set for these chemicals are very conservative while EPA conducts the appropriate health studies. For example, one drinking water health advisory level, which is being used as a surface water quality standard, was set at a level equivalent to a consumer drinking 1,400 L [6,000 cups] of water per day from a contaminated tap for their entire life. Additionally, compared to known toxics such as chlordane, dioxin, etc., the newer forms of PFAS have shorter half-lives in the human body. One problem though, these chemicals are routinely found in human blood and tissue when tested.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Adrienne Nemura
  • All Authors: Adrienne Nemura
  • Title: U.S. Conference of Mayors' Water Council (MWC)
  • Event or Publication: Event
  • Practice Areas: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Citation: Adrienne Nemura, P.E. (MI, NC, OH) presented on the U.S. EPA's new Action Plan for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Water Council (MWC) in Columbus, Ohio on Friday March 29, 2019 with another update on October 25, 2019 in Napa, California.
  • Date: October 25, 2019
  • Location: Napa, California
  • Publication Type: Platform Presentation