New PFAS guidelines – a water quality scientist explains technology and investment needed to get forever chemicals out of US drinking water
Posted Mar 24, 2023
Harmful chemicals known as PFAS can be found in everything from children’s clothes to soil to drinking water, and regulating these chemicals has been a goal of public and environmental health researchers for years. On March 14, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed what would be the first set of federal guidelines regulating levels of PFAS in drinking water. The guidelines will be open to public comment for 60 days before being finalized.
Joe Charbonnet, Iowa State University assistant professor of environmental engineering, develops techniques to remove contaminants like PFAS from water. He explains what the proposed guidelines would require, how water utilities could meet these requirements and how much it might cost to get these so-called forever chemicals out of U.S. drinking water.
Read Charbonnet’s full article in The Conversation here.