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.
The policy has been submitted to the Water Quality Commission. They will collect one round of stakeholder comments, review the comments and the policy, and have a hearing to make a decision on the policy. The prior date for when stakeholders can submit comments has been extended (originally March 31, 2020) and the originally scheduled hearing date will be revised. On April 13, 2020, the commission will make a final decision on when the comments are due and when the new hearing date for the policy will be. Final dates will be posted in the commission’s PFAS Narrative Policy online folder.
All prehearing materials, including the latest policy draft, are on the commission’s administration online folder system. For electronic comment submittals, they must be provided as PDF documents and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stakeholders can also provide comments via a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site or on a CD, flash drive, or printed document and mailed to the commission office at their address found on their webpage.
All comments made previously through the PFAS Narrative Policy Workgroup process can be found in the PFAS Narrative Policy Work Group Meeting Materials.