On June 15, the EPA announced four new health advisory levels for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) compounds in drinking water. These advisory levels reflect human health risk from these chemicals at low levels of detection. (Read our latest Compliance Watch for more insight.)

In parallel, the EPA also announced $1 billion to help impacted organizations begin to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants in drinking water. This is the first funding opportunity from the $5 billion allocated for the emerging contaminants in small or disadvantaged community grants as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

These actions fall under the EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and build upon the agency’s progress to safeguard communities from PFAS pollution. PFAS in drinking water will continue to be a topic of regulatory interest moving forward this year with an anticipated EPA proposal of National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for PFOA and PFOS next fall.

This month, we highlight the following in our Compliance News:

Ask an Expert: Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council

We sat down with BC expert Dr. Tamara Sorell to learn more about her involvement in ITRC and its benefits. Read “Ask an Expert”

EPA issues first PFAS test orders

Four companies were the first to receive Toxic Substances Control Act test orders from the EPA to conduct and submit testing on PFAS.

SEC proposes rules to tighten ESG investment claims

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced proposed rule changes intended to battle “greenwashing” (environmental, social, and governance) claims by investment groups.

PVC under scrutiny as hazardous waste

As a result of a legal agreement reached with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the EPA has nine months to analyze the toxic impact of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Ask an Expert: What is the ITRC?

In this month’s feature, we sat down with BC expert Dr. Tamara Sorell to learn more about the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC).

Q: What is the ITRC?

A: ITRC is a state environmental agency-led coalition with over Tamara Sorell, BC's PSE National Specialty Leader, Environmental Services 1,200 members from the public and private sector, including regulatory bodies, tribes, academia, and branches of the Department of Defense. ITRC members develop guidance and training for state regulators, foster integration of new technical developments within existing regulations, and form a network of technical experts. The training materials and documents that ITRC teams produce have become widely cited guidance for the whole environmental industry.

Q: How did you first become involved?

A: Because BC is an industry affiliate, our staff has the opportunity to sit on a variety of teams within ITRC. I joined the ITRC Sediments Team in 2008 and have been involved ever since!

Q: As a team member, what kind of activities do you participate in?

A: ITRC’s teams typically focus on a particular topic with a lifecycle of two to four years to perform research, produce guidance documents, develop and provide training, and perform outreach. There are many different roles you can play throughout that span depending on your interests.

Q: What has your involvement looked like over the years?

A: I have enjoyed a variety of roles during my time with ITRC. I served as an author and trainer for previous sediment teams (Sediment Bioavailability and Sediment Remediation). Most recently, I was able to contribute to the Soil Background and Risk Assessment Web-Based Guidance Document and Incremental Sampling Methodology Update.

Q: What do you get out of your involvement with ITRC?

A: While it is a time commitment, it is an investment in growth and development not only in myself, but for the discipline as a whole. I have made so many wonderful contacts over the years. While what the ITRC produces are guidance documents, oftentimes they become a “go to” reference in our fields. It is exciting to be a part of that process.

Q: Are you the only BC staff participating in ITRC?

A: No, there are quite a few of us that are involved. In fact, our Site Investigation and Remediation/Solid Waste Service Line has a long-standing involvement with ITRC.

Q: Does this involvement with ITRC benefit BC’s clients?

A: Absolutely! Through our involvement with ITRC, we are able to stay up to date with and have unique insight into technology innovations and regulation. We are also able to network with a broad range of stakeholders from state and federal environmental regulatory agencies, private sector clients, vendors, consultants, and academia. Often, these relationships allow BC to act as a liaison with regulatory agencies to expedite agreement and solutions for our clients.

About the experts

Meghan Krishnayya, Indianapolis, is the Compliance & Permitting Service Line Director for Brown and Caldwell, with expertise in environmental regulatory program strategy development and implementation.

Dr. Tamara Sorell is a board-certified environmental scientist and Brown and Caldwell’s PSE National Specialty Leader, Environmental Services. With 35 years of experience, she has worked under CERCLA, RCRA, and many state programs assessing a large range of contaminants.

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