Jack is an associate in Taft’s Cincinnati office and focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental law. His blended background in business, engineering, and environmental law gives him the ability to provide creative solutions when advising and representing clients.

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On April 10, 2024, U.S. EPA announced a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) establishing legally enforceable Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) and non-enforceable Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLGs) for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The final rule requires public water systems to: (1) complete initial monitoring for these PFAS by 2027 and provide public notice of initial monitoring results beginning in 2027; (2) implement solutions by 2029 to reduce these PFAS if drinking water levels exceed the MCLs; and (3) starting in 2029, take action to reduce PFAS in response to violations of the MCLs and to provide public notice of any such violations. EPA PFAS NPDWR Summary.

A pre-publication version of EPA’s final rule is available here.Continue Reading US EPA Finalizes New National Drinking Water Standards for Six PFAS

On September 20, 2023, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a request for information (RFI) on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Federal Register. The CPSC seeks information from all stakeholders, such as consumers, manufacturers, importers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers, regarding:

(1) PFAS used in commerce or consumer products,

(2) potential exposures associated with the use of PFAS in consumer products, and

(3) potential human health effects associated with exposures to PFAS from the use of consumer products.Continue Reading Consumer Product Safety Commission Publishes Request for Information on PFAS in Consumer Products