EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has provided a strategic roadmap on how to monitor PFAS discharged and to reduce pollution. The main motive is to restrict PFAS at their source. By restricting PFAS at its sources, it will reduce the probability of people’s exposure to harmful substances.

This strategy will improve the sampling and analysis methods of water samples obtained from wastewater systems, pre-treatment plants etc., to identify the suspected sources of PFAS. EPA recommends that the municipal wastewater treatment facilities keenly monitor the sources of PFAS. The industries which discharge wastewater into treatment facilities must remove PFAS in their wastewater. This would reduce the PFAS exposure to the environment.

Key points in EPA’s strategic roadmap:

1. To develop a PFAS testing strategy to deepen understanding of PFAS and their potential hazard to human health and environment.
2. To ban potentially hazard PFAS and their applications.
3. To establish multi- laboratory validated analytical methods to monitor drinking water.
4. To monitor the fish tissue for PFAS and bioaccumulation on human bodies.
5. To develop a robust review process on new PFAS.
6. To finalize risk assessment of PFOA and PFOS in biosolids.
7. To educate the public about the hazards of PFAS.

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