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AG Kaul urges EPA to strengthen proposed PFAS regulations

Foam present in Starkweather Creek in October shows elevated levels of PFAS.(Photo: WI DNR)
Foam present in Starkweather Creek in October shows elevated levels of PFAS.(Photo: WI DNR)(NBC15)
Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 8:25 PM CDT
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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen its proposed regulations regarding PFAS.

Kaul joined 17 other attorneys general in insisting the EPA strengthen its proposed regulations requiring importers of certain products containing PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in their surface coating to notify and receive the EPA's approval before importing the products.

“Wisconsin parents shouldn’t have to be fearful about the safety of the water their kids are drinking, and I will continue working to protect our water from these forever chemicals,” Kaul said. “EPA rules regarding PFAS should be comprehensive. They shouldn’t include dangerous carveouts or exceptions.”

The group of attorneys general are asking the EPA to strengthen the PFAS proposal by:

  • Including a broader set of PFAS compounds that are regulated by the rule
  • Applying the rule to products that contain PFAS anywhere in the product, not just in their surface coating
  • Applying the rule to the domestic processing of new products, not just to the importing of them
  • Not allowing any carve outs to the notification requirement for small amounts of PFAS

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