Three States Push to Include PFAS in Stormwater Permit

Three states are urging the U.S. EPA to impose new mandates related to the monitoring and reduction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from industrial stormwater discharges. Colorado, Massachusetts, and New Mexico recently submitted comments on the draft Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) that ask EPA to require permitted industrial facilities to monitor PFAS in their stormwater discharges and to develop practices intended to minimize the potential for PFAS to be introduced into stormwater.

The OMA also submitted comments on the draft permit. The comment period closed June 1, and it remains to be seen whether the EPA will adopt the three states’ suggestions. If it does, it could have wide-ranging implications for states like Ohio that use the federal MSGP as a model for the state general permit. If your company is tracking PFAS issues in Ohio, contact Rob Brundrett to keep up to date on Ohio’s PFAS response. 6/25/2020