PFAS are not regulated under RCRA, and the facilities disclosed the presence of PFAS in their waste voluntarily. The information comes from an EPA database where the chemicals have been reported through a RCRA e-manifest system tracking hazardous waste shipments.
A nonprofit watchdog group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, shared information from the database with E&E News after obtaining it through a public records request. What EPA has collected has compounded the group’s concerns about PFAS waste.
“These data show that we are steadily poisoning ourselves, our waters, and our food chain with an extremely persistent toxic chemical,” said PEER Executive Director Tim Whitehouse.