The Maine Rural Water Association submitted comments to the Maine PFAS Task Force regarding the final draft of their report Managing PFAS in Maine.
Some of the items MRWA stressed include the identification of historic PFAS hotspots from industrial and AFFF uses and the need for research to precede regulation. We also highlighted that the best way to reduce exposure comes from cutting off the source instead of increased treatment in perpetuity.
MRWA implored the state to coordinate a consistent strategy among agencies so the public is receiving a single coherent message. This logic was also behind our insistence that this issue be addressed at the federal level. As states work to create their own regulations, some based on science while others appear to be rooted in politics, the public is given the impression that some governments care more about the health of their population than others. This is a dangerous idea and not one we support spreading. We do not currently support a reporting level beneath the 70 ppt federal advisory level. MRWA believes that supporting a fact based, coordinated approach to this issue will lead to a higher level of public confidence in the science, and the process, and create less fear from competing ideas.
We reminded the Task Force that our members in the water and wastewater industry are here to protect the public and take that role very seriously. We will continue to advocate for a scientific approach to solving the issue of PFAS.