The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced its Action Strategy for PFAS, which sets three priorities: protecting communities, protecting drinking water, and cleaning up existing contamination. The strategy also includes actions to identify risks, develop science to inform enforceable limits, and take steps to reduce future pollution.
DEQ indicates that it plans to propose groundwater, surface water, and drinking water standards as priority PFAS. For those that have available data the agency will initiate rulemakings, and for other compounds, DEQ will partner with academics to develop the needed data. DEQ is also providing technical assistance to some permittees who reduce their releases to the environment.