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.
In recognition of the disruption and adjustments that need to be made in response to COVID-19, the commission adjusted the following dates and deadlines during their April 13, 2020 meeting.
The deadline for public comments on the draft policy submitted by the division on March 2, 2020 is moved from March 31 to May 8, 2020.
The deadline for the division to submit a revised policy is extended from April 29 to July 1, 2020.
The deadline to notify the commission office if you would like to provide oral comments to the commission during the hearing is extended to July 6, 2020.
The administrative action hearing is rescheduled to July 13-14, 2020.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Work Group Meetings, Policy Drafts and Materials
The division hosted three stakeholder meetings on September 17, 2019, November 19, 2019 and the last meeting, February 11, 2020. 50-100 stakeholders attended in person or by phone.