The department is proposing to develop a policy that will address PFAS contamination. The PFAS Narrative Policy Work Group is a group of stakeholders that provides input on the policy. All stakeholders are welcome to participate and are encouraged to sign up for updates through our PFAS Narrative Policy Work Group email list.
Background on the Narrative Policy
PFAS chemicals, scientifically referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, from firefighting foam, personal products, and other sources can get into water, especially groundwater, and contaminate drinking water supplies. These chemicals have created an emerging, urgent public health challenge requiring enhanced action to avoid future contamination and ensure safe drinking water for all Coloradans.
The department is committed to ensuring it is doing everything possible to protect human health and the environment from PFAS contamination which is why the department will propose a PFAS Narrative Policy to the Water Quality Commission in May 2020. Recognizing that it takes a long time to develop a numerical surface water and groundwater standard for PFAS chemicals, especially as the science is rapidly evolving, the department is instead going to implement existing narrative provisions in Regulations 31 and 41 to protect public health. These narrative provisions are a regulatory approach for limiting PFAS chemicals that enter our surface and/or groundwater. The PFAS narrative policy will describe how the department plans to implement the narrative provisions and the purpose of the work group is to gather input from stakeholders on the implementation efforts.
PFAS Draft Guidelines
The first draft of the policy is now available. We plan on discussing this draft policy at the next workgroup meeting. We will also provide an opportunity for written feedback after the meeting. Meeting materials and additional workgroup information are also available below.
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PFAS Narrative Policy Work Group Meetings
All meeting are located on our main campus.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment