“EPA had the courage to follow the science. This is a step in the right direction,″ said co-facilitator of the National PFAS Contamination Coalition Stel Bailey, as The Associated Press reported.
The new guidelines only address four out of about 9,000 PFAS compounds, reported The Guardian.
“The EPA should be congratulated on today’s actions, but those kudos should be tempered by the knowledge that these are just four of thousands of these toxic substances,” said Tim Whitehouse, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, who is a former EPA enforcement attorney, as The Guardian reported. “Health advisories are a long way from enforceable limits and an even much longer way to actual cleanups where these substances are finally removed from our waters, soil and food chain.”