Proponents of PFAS regulation expressed some initial gratitude for the tool. Tim Whitehouse, executive director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, called the move “a positive step forward” but said more is needed from the agency.
“EPA should mandate state entry of testing data, so the information is nationally complete, particularly for testing of surface waters, drinking water and fish tissue,” Whitehouse said.
He also expressed that other tweaks are necessary for the public to have a real understanding around the health risks posed by the chemicals. Examples include sweeping confidential business information (or CBI) claims around a significant amount of data, as well as the need for more PFAS monitoring from permitted facilities.