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Announcement of the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) New England Community Engagement

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notice of an event.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will kick off the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) community engagements with a two-day event in Exeter, New Hampshire. The goal of the event is to allow the EPA to hear directly from New England communities to understand ways the Agency can best support the work that is being done at the state, local, and tribal level. For more information on the event, visit the EPA's PFAS website:​pfas/​pfas-community-engagement. During the recent PFAS National Leadership Summit, the EPA announced plans to visit communities to hear directly from those impacted by PFAS. This engagement is the next step in the EPA's commitment to address challenges with PFAS. The EPA anticipates that the community engagements will provide valuable insight for the agency's efforts moving forward. For more information, go to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.


The event will be held on June 25-26, 2018. On June 25, a listening session will be held at 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., eastern time. A working session will be held on June 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., eastern time.


The two-day event will be held at the Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833. If you are unable to attend the New England Community Engagement, you will be able to submit comments at Enter Docket ID No. EPA-OW-2018-0270. Citizens are encouraged to send written statements to the public docket. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit​dockets/​commenting-epa-dockets.

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Doug Gutro, EPA New England Headquarters (Mail Code ORAO1-1), 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109-3912; telephone number: 617-918-1021; fax number: 617-918-0021; email address:

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Details about Participating in the Event: The public is invited to speak during the June 25 listening session. Those interested in speaking can sign up for a 3-minute speaking slot on EPA's website at​pfas/​pfas-community-engagement. Please check this website for event materials as they become available, including a full agenda, leading up to the event.

The PFAS National Leadership Summit: On May 22-23, 2018, the EPA hosted the PFAS National Leadership Summit. During the summit, participants worked together to share information on ongoing efforts to characterize risks from PFAS, develop monitoring and treatment/cleanup techniques, identify specific near-term actions (beyond those already underway) that are needed to address challenges currently facing states and local communities, and develop risk communication strategies that will help communities to address public concerns regarding PFAS.

The EPA wants to ensure the public that their input is valuable and meaningful. Using information from the National Leadership Summit, public docket, and community engagements, the EPA plans to develop a PFAS Management Plan for release later this year. A summary of the New England Community Engagement will be made available to the public following the event on the EPA's PFAS Community Engagement website at:​pfas/​pfas-community-engagement.

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Dated: June 11, 2018.

Eric Burneson,

Acting Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.

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[FR Doc. 2018-12911 Filed 6-14-18; 8:45 am]