Topic: Reducing Risks of PFAS to State Waters Through Water Quality Control Commission Policy 20-1
Speaker: Meg Parish, Permits Section Manager, Colorado Water Quality Control Division, CDPHE
Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 11:45am-1:00pm
Location: Virtual Webinar (registration link is below)
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PFAS are a group of pervasive chemicals that originate from toxic firefighting foam and other sources. On July 15, 2020, the Water Quality Control Commission adopted Policy 20-1 to help reduce PFAS in state waters, Ms. Parish will discuss the legal basis for Policy 20-1, including the state’s existing narrative water quality standards for surface water and groundwater, and why the policy is consistent with both the Water Quality Control Act and the Colorado Administrative Procedure Act. She will discuss implementation of the policy in upcoming Colorado Discharge Permitting System (CDPS) permits, specifically the policy’s different approaches to permitting dewatering, industrial processes, and domestic wastewater facilities. She will also discuss the policy’s approach to lab methods. Ms. Parish will also review the results of a recent survey of CDPS dischargers for PFAS materials, including particularly noteworthy responses, such as the large number of industrial stormwater permittees that have PFAS materials on site and some instances of domestic wastewater PFAS pass-through. Finally, Ms. Parish will review recent PFAS sampling and discuss how Policy 20-1 fits within the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment’s Action Plan to reduce exposure, protect drinking water, and clean up the chemicals to protect Coloradans from negative health consequences of PFAS.
Meg Parish is the Permits Section Manager for the Colorado Water Quality Control Division’s clean water program. In this capacity, she and her team implement the Clean Water Act and Colorado Water Quality Control Act permitting programs. This includes process water permits to surface water, stormwater permits, permits for discharges to groundwater, and authorizations for use of reclaimed domestic wastewater. Meg has worked with the Water Quality Control Division for over five years, first in the Attorney General’s office, then as the manager of Permits Unit 1, and now as the Permits Section Manager. While at the Attorney General’s Office she also represented CDPHE’s radiation program. Meg has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. She has previously worked as an attorney at Earthjustice, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, and Hogan Lovells LLP. She has written and presented extensively on water quality topics, including at Colorado Bar Association events.
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