Arq Applauds EPA's First-Ever Definitive PFAS Regulations

On April 10, 2024, the EPA issued its first-ever national, legally enforceable PFAS regulations, confirming stricter rules reducing permissible PFAS levels by more than 90%

Changes are focused on reducing PFAS contamination in U.S. drinking water, protecting public health and improving environmental integrity

Regulations are expected to drive even stronger near and long-term demand for Arq's solutions, including its unique waste-derived Granular Activated Carbon ("GAC")

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., April 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Arq, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQ) (the "Company" or "Arq"), a producer of activated carbon and other environmentally efficient carbon products for use in purification and sustainable materials, today recognizes the announcement issued on April 10, 2024 by the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") confirming its latest regulations aimed to address contamination by certain per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances ("PFAS" or "Forever Chemicals") in drinking water.

"The topic of PFAS regulations has been well discussed. Yesterday's announcement by the EPA makes these regulations official. These regulations pave the way for even stronger demand for our products and solutions, and a cleaner future for all Americans," said Bob Rasmus, CEO of Arq. "EPA's announcement establishes materially higher standards for drinking water across the U.S., driving significant demand for effective remediation products such as Granulated Activated Carbon, while exacerbating the supply shortage already present in the GAC market. In fact, we estimate the implementation of EPA's announced regulations will drive a 3-5x or greater increase in GAC demand solely related to the water market over the coming years."

"We are excited and uniquely positioned to help potential customers meet the materially stricter U.S. regulations just announced," continued Mr. Rasmus. "Our team continues to execute efficiently on our strategic growth project - the construction of our expanded 25 million lb GAC facility at our Red River plant - which remains on schedule to conclude commissioning in Q4 2024. We remain in highly active discussions with potential customers and continue to anticipate entering into contracts for our GAC product well in advance of first production later this year."

Mr. Rasmus concluded, "We are excited about these important updates and expect to see similar regulations globally, further expanding and growing our addressable market."

Arq Releases Latest Corporate Film

Concurrent with EPA's announcement, Arq has released a new corporate film, which sets out its future vision and the Company's transformation to an environmental technology company. The video can be accessed here or at the Company's website at

Additional PFAS and Regulation Detail

PFAS are a group of industrial chemicals used in everyday products and are often referred to as Forever Chemicals, because of their extreme persistence in the environment. On April 10, 2024, the EPA announced material tightening to an existing framework of regulations relating to the control and limitation of PFAS in municipal water. The regulatory changes are anticipated to phase in over an approximate five-year period. Additional information on the latest regulations can be accessed here.

The EPA has announced a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) establishing legally enforceable levels or Maximum Contaminant Levels ("MCLs"), for certain PFAS in drinking water. Broadly speaking, the permissible MCL for PFOA and PFOS is being set at 4ppt by the time of full implementation, a substantial reduction from the prior advisory level of 70ppt. For context, 4 ppt is approximately equivalent to 4 grains of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The newly announced rule would also require public water systems to: monitor for these PFAS; notify the public of the levels of these PFAS; reduce the levels of these PFAS in drinking water if they exceed the new standards.

Together with the new regulations, the EPA also announced nearly $1 billion of new funding being made available to help address PFAS contamination, which comes as part of a larger $9 billion investment to help communities impacted by PFAS; and an additional $12 billion for general drinking water improvements, including tackling contaminants like PFAS.

About Arq

Arq (NASDAQ: ARQ) is a diversified, environmental technology company with products that enable a cleaner and safer planet while actively reducing our environmental impact. As the only vertically integrated producer of activated carbon products in North America, we deliver a reliable domestic supply of innovative, hard-to-source, high-demand products. We apply our extensive expertise to develop groundbreaking solutions to remove harmful chemicals and pollutants from water, land and air. Learn more at:

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which provides a “safe harbor” for such statements in certain circumstances. When used in this press release, the words “can,” “will,” "may," “intends,” “expects,” "continuing," “believes,” similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. All statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company intends, expects or believes may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements or expectations regarding: business strategy, expectations about future demand and pricing for our PAC and GAC products and our ability to enter into new markets, the ability to successfully integrate legacy Arq's business and effectively utilize legacy Arq’s products and technology, the estimated costs and timing associated with potential capital improvements at our facilities, financing sources for such projects and potential production outputs thereafter, expected market supply of GAC products and the cost savings and environmental benefits of our GAC products, and the timing and scope of future regulatory developments and the related impact of such on the demand for our products. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and others with whom it does business and meet supply requirements, or its results of operations and business generally; risks related to diverting management’s attention from the Company’s ongoing business operations; changes in construction costs or availability of construction materials; our inability to effectively manage construction and startup of the Red River GAC Facility or Corbin Facility; our inability to ramp up our operations to effectively address recent and expected growth in our business; the timing and cost of capital expenditures and the resultant impact to our liquidity and cash flows; our inability to obtain required financing or obtain financing on terms that are favorable to us; the ability to meet Nasdaq’s listing standards following the consummation of our acquisition of all the subsidiaries of Arq, Ltd.; opportunities for additional sales of our activated carbon products and end-market diversification; the Company’s ability to meet customer supply requirements; the rate of coal-fired power generation in the United States; timing and scope of new and pending regulations and any legal challenges to or extensions of compliance dates of them; impact of competition; availability, cost of and demand for alternative energy sources and other technologies; technical, start up and operational difficulties; competition within the industries in which the Company operates; loss of key personnel; ongoing effects of the inflation and macroeconomic uncertainty, including from the ongoing pandemic and armed conflicts around the world, and such uncertainty's effect on market demand and input costs, as well as other factors relating to our business, as described in our filings with the SEC, with particular emphasis on the risk factor disclosures contained in those filings. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and to consult filings we have made and will make with the SEC for additional discussion concerning risks and uncertainties that may apply to our business and the ownership of our securities. In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this press release. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise. The forward-looking statements speak only as to the date of this press release.

Source: Arq, Inc.

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