Lummis Raises Concerns Over How EPA’s New Water Standards Could Impact Wyoming’s Rural Water Providers

April 10, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) expressed concern after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) maximum contaminant levels for drinking water and how this could negatively impact Wyoming’s rural water providers.

“The people of Wyoming need access to clean, safe drinking water, and I support creating a standard for PFAS and PFOS levels in drinking water, however, I am worried about the standard the EPA is putting in place,” said Lummis. “These treatment levels seem nearly unattainable, and I have serious concerns over the cost of compliance. Wyoming taxpayers and ratepayers should not be responsible for this cost, it should be paid by those causing the pollution.”

The EPA announcement sets the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for two of the best-studied and most prevalent per – and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, PFAS and PFOS at four parts per trillion.