PFOA & PFOS CERCLA Designation

What Does It Mean For Utilities?

PFOA & PFOS CERCLA Designation: What it Means for Utilities: FAQ Guide

What WWTPs Need to Know About CERCLA

The EPA has designated PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA, resulting in far-reaching implications for all entities that handle these chemicals. Although utilities are passive receivers of PFAS, as they do not produce, sell, or profit from these substances, the CERCLA designation will still affect their operations and could result in financial and legal risks. Utilities will be subject to strict and sometimes confusing requirements.

To further inform WWTPs about the implications of the CERCLA designation, we've created this guide, providing answers to common questions that we have received from wastewater systems in light of the new EPA announcement. With a clear understanding of the rule, you can reduce financial risks by shifting potential liability to polluting manufacturers.

Understanding Potential Liability

Although your utility may not have immediate legal repercussions, it could be faced with liability at any point through EPA or third-party litigation.

Financial Risk Mitigation

Your utility can help mitigate financial risk by carefully planning its PFAS strategy, ensuring compliance with new regulations, and avoiding costly enforcement actions.

Shift Potential Liability

Properly assessing your liability risk, and subsequently working to shift this risk to the polluters responsible for the contamination, can effectively prepare you and your utility for the future.