Federal Resources

ASTSWMO and its Contaminants of Concern Steering Committee are in regular communication with Federal partners in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and various other agencies. These partners face similar challenges in regulating and managing PFAS wastes. The following links lead to primary Federal agency web resources that describe these efforts.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – PFAS

The U.S. EPA is the lead Federal agency that regulates PFAS in drinking water and the environment. The EPA generally sets the minimum standards that States must meet through its various statutory mandates. The U.S. EPA’s approach to PFAS is outlined in its PFAS roadmap, which is accessible on its PFAS landing page.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Control (ATSDR)

The ATSDR is one of the main Federal agencies responsible for evaluating the toxicity of environmental contaminants. It has drafted hazard assessments for several PFAS, which contain toxicity values that can be used as the basis for screening and cleanup levels used by the EPA Superfund Program.

U.S. Department of Defense – PFAS: A National Issue That Needs National Solutions

The US Military has a wide range of interests concerning PFAS, especially the historic use of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) by the different branches of the US Armed Services, several of which have their own PFAS websites. The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) are the Department of Defense’s environmental research programs, which have an important role in the DoD’s management of these chemicals.

Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is mandated to ensure that the US food and pharmaceutical supplies are safe. The FDA does not currently regulate PFAS concentrations in these products, but has conducted some sampling, analysis and limited risk assessment of these chemicals in food.

U.S. Geological Survey – PFAS

The US Geological Service (USGS) has research teams evaluating PFAS in groundwater, wildlife, and soils across the country, the results of which are presented on the Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Integrated Science Team Site.

Federal Aviation Administration – Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) News and Guidance