NWRA provided comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its draft Interim Guidance on the Destruction of PFAS and Materials Containing PFAS. NWRA was particularly interested in providing comments given that the EPA was required by law to consider landfills as a management option for the disposal of landfill leachate.
In the comments, NWRA addressed three significant areas for consideration:
- The EPA should continue to consider landfills as appropriate for managing waste streams that contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
- Data to support further updates to EPA’s draft guidance.
- A reminder that landfills are governed by extensive federal, state and local environmental health and safety regulations and have proven successful in protecting the environment.
“NWRA appreciates the opportunity to comment on EPA’s PFAS guidance document,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “The management, disposal and destruction of PFAS is an important issue for the waste and recycling industry. NWRA members are affected by the draft as they have many waste and recycling collection, processing and disposal facilities around the country.”