The Washington State Department of Ecology this week announced its new PFAS Chemical Action Plan (CAP), a set of recommendations intended to reduce uses and releases of PFAS. The state held numerous webinars and public meetings, collecting more than 900 comments from industry representatives, stakeholder groups, and Washington residents. The resulting 635-page CAP will guide ongoing and future efforts to address PFAS contamination across the state in four key areas: ensuring safe drinking water; managing environmental contamination; reducing PFAS in consumer products; and evaluating waste management.
Many of the plan’s recommendations are already in motion, such as studying landfill leachate and restricting PFAS in food packaging. Ecology is also determining how it will implement other aspects of the plan, such as enhancing and expanding its partnerships with the state Departments of Health, Commerce, and Fish and Wildlife.
While the CAP provides PFAS recommendations, many will require rules, new laws, and funding to implement.
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