Maine DEP joins Northeastern states to urge federal action on PFAS
June 17, 2019
CONTACT: David Madore, Maine DEP Communications Director, (207) 287-5842 firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUSTA, June 17, 2019 - The State of Maine has joined all seven Northeastern states to issue a multi-state letter urging prompt federal action on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. The letter was issued by the members of the Northeast Committee on the Environment (NECOE) which is comprised of the environmental commissioners from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York.
Maine DEP Commissioner, Jerry Reid has joined his colleagues, Commissioner Dykes of Connecticut DEEP, Commissioner Suuberg of Massachusetts DEP, Commissioner Scott of New Hampshire DES, Director Coit of Rhode Island DEM, Secretary Moore of Vermont ANR, and Commissioner Seggos of New York DEC, in advocating for swift action by the Congressional PFAS Task Force to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants.
The letter was sent to the Co-Chairs of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, Congressman Dan Kildee and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, as well as Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member Tom Carper of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
While the Northeast has been at the forefront of this issue due to early detection of PFAS contamination, federal efforts have not provided clear standards and guidance for states to address the overwhelming effects of PFAS on human health and the environment. NECOE commissioners highlight five specific matters that need immediate federal action concerning PFAS:
- EPA should establish a national maximum contaminant level (MCL)
- PFAS constitute a class of compounds with common characteristics and should be regulated accordingly
- require EPA to amend its regulations to treat PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under CERCLA and make available low-cost supplemental loans for regional cleanup efforts
- urge EPA to expedite the development and dissemination of analytical methods and treatment technologies that extend beyond drinking water
- urge more aggressive and responsible federal regulation of the use of PFAS compounds and other emerging contaminants
Copies of the Task Force letter and Senate EPW letter can be found on Maine DEP's website at https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/index.html