NACWA Briefs New York Utility Executives on PFAS

(December 18, 2019) - NACWA convened a call last week at the request of the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) to discuss PFAS, EPA’s action on this issue to date including work under the Agency’s PFAS Action Plan,  and how various states are tackling this complex topic.

New York has proposed a 10 part per trillion (ppt) drinking water standard that the New York Department of Health estimates will cost upwards of $855 million in capital costs and $45 million in annual operation and maintenance costs. NACWA also provided an update on PFAS issues around the National Defense Authorization Act and the Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act, a bill introduced by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November. Additionally, NACWA highlighted resources available to clean water utilities in the Association’s recent PFAS considerations document

NACWA would like to thank NYWEA for the opportunity to provide a regulatory and legislative update on PFAS and looks forward to continued engagement with state and regional clean water partners on this issue. Please contact Kristina Surfus, NACWA’s Director of Legislative Affairs for legislative updates and Emily Remmel, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs for regulatory updates.