EPA Adds Seven More PFAS To Toxic Release Inventory List

January 29, 2024

Read the full article by Oliver Twaddell (JD Surpa)

"As our blog has reported a number of times, the Environmental Protection Agency announced an ambitious national strategy to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Dubbed a “roadmap,” the EPA says that it is centered on three guiding strategies focused on research, restrictions, and remediation. Specifically: “Increase investments in research, leverage authorities to take action now to restrict PFAS chemicals from being released into the environment and accelerate the cleanup of PFAS contamination.”

As part of this plan, the EPA last week announced the automatic addition of seven more PFAS to the Toxic Release Inventory List (TRI). (We had previously reported on PFAS additions to the TRI here and here.) 

The Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides the framework for adding additional PFAS to the TRI each year. Among other provisions, section 7321(c) of the NDAA identifies certain regulatory activities that automatically add PFAS, or classes of PFAS, to the TRI beginning January 1 of the following year, and the agency’s finalization of a toxicity value is one of the triggering actions."