By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
As reported in our October 19, 2021, memorandum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the PFAS Strategic Roadmap in October 2021, “laying out a whole-of-agency approach” to addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). As part of the Roadmap, EPA committed to engage with communities in each EPA region to understand better their experiences and challenges in addressing PFAS contamination. To help inform EPA’s ongoing work under the Roadmap, EPA plans to facilitate a series of virtual community engagement sessions in 2023 for each of EPA’s ten regions. EPA states that it also plans to hold a session specifically designed to hear from its Tribal partners. The engagement sessions will provide opportunities for communities to share feedback directly with EPA regional and PFAS Council leaders to inform the implementation of the actions described in the Roadmap. Registration is now open for the following regional PFAS Community Engagement Sessions:
- February 28, 2023, at 6:00-8:00 p.m. (CST): Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine Tribal Nations);
- March 2, 2023, at 6:00–8:00 p.m. (EST): Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and seven federally recognized Tribes); and
- March 8, 2023, at 6:00–8:00 p.m. (MST): Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 28 Tribal Nations).
Registration for other regions will open soon. Stakeholders can sign up to be notified when registration for other regions is available.