-NWRA Staff
October 19, 2021

NWRA Files Comments on EPA’s Plan to Regulate PFAS in Leachate 

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) identified several areas of concern in comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its Notice on Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program 15 Plan. Among the chemicals referenced in the notice are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

  1. Landfills are PFAS receivers
  2. PFAS sampling and analysis in leachate
  3. EPA data needs
  4. EPA preliminary review

“As the EPA prepares its biannual Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plans, our member companies would welcome a meeting with EPA to review the current state of PFAS treatment in leachate,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith.

EPA’s most recent plan, Preliminary Plan 15, discusses the initial results from EPA’s review for landfill point source category and plans for additional data gathering to further evaluate the landfill category and plans for additional data gathering to further evaluate landfill category for possible development of guidelines.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and various other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association