Boulder Waterkeeper Joins CDPHE PFAS Narrative Policy Work Group

Boulder Waterkeeper attended the initial Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) work group developing a narrative policy on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminants. Attended by over 60 individuals representing government agencies, municipalities, airports, industry, legal, water treatment, environment advocates and concerned citizens the work group is targeting a proposed policy for PFAS monitoring and management that will be presented for adoption at the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission in May 2020. PFAS are a emerging contaminate related to fire retardants and household products that the EPA has declared toxic. There are two known PFAS sites in the Boulder Creek watershed, the extent and severity of contamination statewide is unknown. CDPHE is moving forward to engage the public with a fine balance between attention and anxiety.