9 JUNE 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® New Council on PFAS To help deliver on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) mission to protect human health and the environ- ment, Administrator Michael S. Regan issued a memorandum to EPA's senior leadership calling for the creation of a new "EPA Council on PFAS" (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). The council is charged with building on the agency's ongoing work to better understand and ulti- mately reduce the potential risks caused by these chemicals. Science has progressed rapidly, and the agency must move forward with actions based on the new science and a better understanding of the complex challenges so many communities are facing. "Coming from North Carolina, I've seen first-hand how devastating these chemicals can be for communities and the need for strong EPA leadership," Regan said. "That's why today, I am calling on our senior leadership to form a new council that will identify pragmatic approaches that deliver critical protections to the American public. As one of my top priorities as Administrator, EPA will pri- oritize partnerships and collaboration with our federal, state, tribal, and local partners, and engage the public about the risk associated with these chemicals. Radhika Fox, principal deputy assistant administrator in the office of water, and Deb Szaro, act- ing regional administrator in region 1, will lead the EPA Council on PFAS, which will be comprised of senior EPA career officials from across the agency. "By taking a whole of EPA approach, the Council will accelerate scientific work, regulatory action, and voluntary approaches to address PFAS contamination and bet- ter protect the health of all Americans," said Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Water Radhika Fox.