The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was recently signed into law, includes $10 billion in funding dedicated to addressing PFAS in drinking water. Specifically, the bill provides: $5 billion through the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”), offered to small and disadvantaged communities to allow these communities to purchase “point-of-entry or point-of-use filters and filtration systems . . . for the removal of contaminants of concern”; $4 billion through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to help water utilities address “emerging contaminants, with a focus on [PFAS]”, and $1 billion through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which allows states to use the funds “to provide technical assistance to rural, small, and tribal publicly owned” wastewater treatment facilities in addressing PFAS in wastewater discharges.
It is anticipated that local officials and environmental advocacy groups will next push Congress to pass comprehensive legislation regulating the manufacture of PFAS.