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Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance; Notice of Availability for Public Comment

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice of availability for public comment.

SUMMARY:

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020 NDAA) was signed into law on December 19, 2019. Section 7361 of the FY 2020 NDAA directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish interim guidance on the destruction and disposal of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and materials containing PFAS. The EPA is releasing the interim guidance for public comment. The guidance provides information on technologies that may be feasible and appropriate for the destruction or disposal of PFAS and PFAS-containing materials. It also identifies needed and ongoing research and development activities related to destruction and disposal technologies, which may inform future guidance.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or February 22, 2021.

ADDRESSES:

You may send comments, identified by Docket ID No EPA-HQ-OLEM-2020-0527, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/​ (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Agency website: www.epa.gov/​pfas. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, OLEM Docket, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: EPA Docket Center, WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004. The Docket Center's hours of operations are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (except Federal Holidays).

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. for this rulemaking. Comments received may be posted without change to https://www.regulations.gov/​, including any personal information provided.

Out of an abundance of caution for members of the public and our staff, the EPA Docket Center and Reading Room are closed to the public, with limited exceptions, to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Our Docket Center staff will continue to provide remote customer service via email, phone, and webform. We encourage the public to submit comments via https://www.regulations.gov/​, as there may be a delay in processing mail and faxes. Hand deliveries and couriers may be received by scheduled appointment only. For further information on EPA Docket Center services and the current status, please visit us online at https://www.epa.gov/​dockets.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Carlos Pachon, TIFSD, OSRTI, OLEM, 5023P, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; email address, pachon.carlos@epa.gov or visit www.epa.gov/​pfas.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to Me?

This interim guidance provides a summary of EPA's current knowledge of technologies for destruction or disposal of PFAS and PFAS-containing materials. This information may be useful to EPA staff, other federal agencies, states, tribes, and local governments, the public, including environmental and public interest groups, as well as commercial and industry groups.

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Peter Wright,

Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management.

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[FR Doc. 2020-28376 Filed 12-18-20; 4:15 pm]

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