NWRA) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that urged the agency not to designate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). NWRA recommended the EPA convene the stakeholder community to discuss the best approaches to retain the benefits of products that contain PFAS and reduce the adverse impacts of PFAS on human health and the environment.

“We appreciate the opportunity to share our concerns with the EPA as it undertakes this rulemaking process,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We believe that owners and operators of landfills, as well as the millions of small and large businesses in communities across the United States, are likely to experience direct negative economic impacts, significant supply chain disruptions, and other unintended consequences resulting from this new CERCLA liability. Therefore, we respectfully ask the EPA to engage the stakeholder community on this important issue.”

NWRA previously sought relief from CERLCA liability in a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee earlier this year.

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