January 15, 2021

Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance

When the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) was signed into law, one section directed EPA to publish interim guidance on the destruction and disposal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The agency released that guidance with a notice of availability for public comment on December 22, 2020. [85 FR 83554] Comments may be submitted until February 22, 2021 under Docket No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2020-0527.

The interim guidance, dated December 18, 2020 and available from the above-noted docket, is based on the current science of PFAS destruction and disposal but also discusses uncertainties and existing data gaps. As new information comes to light, EPA intends to update this guidance every three years. The guidance is organized into four major sections:


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