On August 26, 2022, the U.S. EPA issued a proposal to designate two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)- as hazardous substances under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. During this public, virtual event hosted by the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center), a panel of experts discuss the recent announcement. The panelists discuss CERCLA, the significance of listing PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances, and the process the U.S. EPA has outlined for finalizing the rule. This event included time for a Q & A session.
*The U.S. EPA is encouraging stakeholders and the public to comment on the draft listing. The 60-day public comment period opened on September 6 and will close on November 7, 2022.
- Walter Mugdan, Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 2
- Jim Woolford, Former Director Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, Retired, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Linda Birnbaum, Scientist Emeritus and Former Director National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program and Scholar in Residence, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Learn more about our panelists here.