August 2, 2021:
DEP’s Public Water System Technical Assistance Center Board (TAC) met July 29, 2021on a pre-draft regulation setting a state Maximum Contaminant Level and MCL Goals for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
DEP recommended a Maximum Contaminant Level of 14 ppt (parts per trillion) for PFOA and a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal of 8 ppt.
DEP recommended a Maximum Contaminant Level of 18 ppt for PFOS and a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal of 14 ppt.
Pennsylvania’s current health advisory is 70 ppt for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
The TAC Board recommended the pre-draft regulation move forward through the regulatory process.
Click here (TAC Board meeting July 29, 2021) for DEP’s presentation and the pre-draft regulation.
Development of Environmental Regulations in Pennsylvania
Municipal authorities, as well as other units of local government, are subject to numerous regulations, which form the basis for a wide variety of permitting, record-keeping and reporting, compliance monitoring and assessment and, in some cases, enforcement activities. Most of these activities center on environmental and public health protection.
All regulations must be reviewed and approved, both as proposed and final rule making, by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) which normally meets monthly.
Prior to developing or revising a regulation, DEP programs typically discuss such changes with one or more Advisory Committees. PMAA has member representatives on several of DEP’s Advisory Committees.
The entire process by which any DEP regulation is proposed, reviewed and finalized is quite lengthy and complex and is governed by the PA Regulatory Review Act. It is not unusual for this process to take up to two years. The Regulatory Process flowchart outlines the procedure.
On-line access to all state environmental regulations is available at PA Code Online and are listed as various Articles and Chapters under Title 25: Environmental Protection. On-line access to all state environmental regulations being proposed are available at PA Bulletin.
While Pennsylvania’s environmental regulations are numerous and complex, DEP has found it necessary to further clarify the intent of many regulations through development of supplemental technical guidance documents. Like regulations, development of a technical guidance generally involves going through a public participation process (including use of advisory committees).