In September 2023, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a three-page report detailing the recommendations it has previously made to government agencies for the purposes of “detecting, limiting exposure to, and treating PFAS contamination.”
GAO describes the following recommendations it made to EPA, FDA, and Department of Defense (DOD), respectively:
- In September 2022, GAO recommended that EPA conduct an analysis of the demographic characteristics of communities that have PFAS in their drinking water. EPA agreed and is currently implementing the recommendation.
- In November 2022, GAO recommended that FDA request legal authority from Congress to compel companies to provide information about certain substances on the market that come into contact with food (such as packaging) that may contain PFAS. FDA is considering the recommendation.
- In April 2023, GAO recommended that DOD: (1) develop a strategy to help the Department comply with Congress’s directive to stop procuring certain products containing PFAS and (2) update its sustainable product guidance to reflect new PFAS policies. DOD agreed and is currently implementing the recommendation. GAO also recommended that Congress clarify its direction to DOD.
In addition to these recommendations, GAO stated that it is currently monitoring public water systems’ implementation of PFAS treatment methods. GAO also highlighted its July 2022 report on the technologies that could be used to address PFAS-related risks, which recommended that policymakers promote research, expand method development, and support full-scale PFAS treatment.