Environmentalists for the most part welcomed the EPA’s move, saying it was long overdue. Scott Faber, senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group, called the agency’s announcement “historic progress.”
Some, though, complained that the EPA has not gone far enough. Kyla Bennett, science policy director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, called the EPA’s proposed limits “baby steps forward” and said the agency should instead be regulating all PFAS, instead of just a handful, and phasing out the use of all but the most essential.
Water system operators and the chemical industry criticized the EPA’s move. The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies voiced concern about the costs of compliance, while the American Chemistry Council called the EPA’s approach “misguided” and questioned the underlying science.