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EPA set to host second public meeting on PFAS

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be hosting a public meeting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on July 25 in Horsham, Pennsylvania, as a follow-up to its PFAS National Leadership Summit held in May.

The public meeting provides an opportunity to weigh in with EPA officials on the type of assistance needed to address PFAS contamination.

Attendees at the National Leadership Summit identified several challenges ahead — including a lack of regulatory certainty at the federal level, the need for better risk communication strategies, and financial and technical assistance for communities large and small to test for PFAS in their water supplies.

Members of the National Ground Water Association are uniquely qualified to play a role in addressing these challenges. Many are working daily on PFAS-related issues, and NGWA’s Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, published last year, is one of the most comprehensive tools available on the topic. The text was crafted by NGWA with the assistance of 36 volunteers.

The public meeting in Pennsylvania is an opportunity for NGWA members, and groundwater professionals, to share this expertise with EPA officials by signing up for a speaking slot on July 25. If selected by the EPA to speak, NGWA will work with you so you are prepared and help draft your public statement, if desired.

Members of the public are also able to sign up to attend without requiring a speaking slot.

Online registration will close on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Those unable to register online will be able to register or sign up to speak in person at the event. Registration is not required to attend or speak.

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