NB_210_21_10 - NB 210-21-10 ENG – NRCS Guidance to Department of Defense Notification Letters from Potential PFAS Detection
NB 210-21-10 ENG – NRCS Guidance to Department of Defense Notification Letters from Potential PFAS Detection
National Bulletin: 210-21-10 Date: July 2, 2021
Subject: ENG – NRCS Guidance to Department of Defense Notification Letters from Potential Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Detection


   
 
Purpose.  Notify states and field office staff regarding letters being mailed from Department of Defense (DoD) to agricultural producers regarding Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).   
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
 
Background.  As part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, owners of agricultural operations within one-mile downgradient of a DoD facility where PFAS has been detected in groundwater above the notification levels will be receiving notification letters. These letters are to alert property owners of potential PFAS contamination to the groundwater. Without further investigation, the potential impact on downgradient facilities is not known and should not be assumed. Currently, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not established regulatory standards for PFAS, however some state regulatory agencies have established standards.
 

Explanation.  To help the agency address questions that may arise from these notification letters, a fact sheet has been developed. The fact sheet contains general information on PFAS and additional considerations. The document provides potential actions agricultural producers can take to determine if PFAS is a concern. Additional resources are provided to better understand PFAS and its potential impacts.

Distribution. This directive is available on the NRCS Electronic Directives System Web site at http://policy.nrcs.usda.gov, and a copy of the fact sheet is attached.

 
Contact.  For further information, contact Clarence Prestwich, National Agricultural Engineer (clarence.prestwich@usda.gov, 202-720-2972) or Alan Gillespie, National Water Management Engineer (alan.gillespie@usda.gov, 202-692-5269), Conservation Engineering Division.
 
 


 /s/

DIANE GELBURD
Deputy Chief
Science and Technology

      

 
 <Attachment:  NRCS PFAS Factsheet
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