Pennsylvania’s PFAS Action Team is a multi-agency group that was established to address growing concerns about the presence of per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.
The team was established through an executive order signed by Governor Tom Wolf in September 2018, and includes high-level representatives of seven state departments. The team is tasked with developing a comprehensive response to identify and eliminate sources of PFAS contamination in drinking water. The order identifies several steps that should be taken to achieve this goal including identifying impacted sites, developing site-specific mitigation plans, improving communication among PFAS Action Team representatives and exploring potential sources of funding for remediation activities. The order also calls for engagement with academic institutions that have expertise on PFAS management and remediation, and for increased public education and outreach.
Concurrently with the executive order, the governor directed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to develop a PFAS sampling plan to test public water systems across the state for elevated PFAS levels in drinking water. Sampling is scheduled to begin in early 2019, and water systems will be selected based on risk characteristics developed by the department. The governor’s office continues to advocate for increased federal action on PFAS including the creation of a national standard for maximum contaminant level in drinking water, and for increased funding for the states to investigate and better address PFAS-related concerns.