Nine Recent PFAS Developments to Keep You in the Know
PFAS continues to reverberate throughout the public and environmental community. New information emerges weekly from a variety of sources—scientists, regulatory agencies, research institutions, environmental professionals, industry groups, the media, and advocacy groups. It can be a challenge to sort through the news and distill it into relevant, usable information. The following summary highlights recent newsworthy developments related to PFAS.
- Federal | The United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding regional community meetings (New Hampshire in June, Pennsylvania in July, Colorado and North Carolina are coming soon, and other locations may be added). During these meetings, regulators are presenting information and opening the floor to hear concerns from the public. Learn more on the PFAS Community Engagement website.
- Federal | In May 2018, the EPA held a national leadership summit in Washington, DC with representatives from over 40 states, tribes, and territories; 20 federal agencies; congressional staff; industry groups; and other non-governmental organizations. During this summit, the EPA stated that the process of designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) as “hazardous substances,” potentially through CERCLA, has begun.
- California | California’s State Water Resources Control Board has issued guidance on Notification Levels (14 ppt for PFOA and 13 ppt for PFOS) and an interim Response Level (70 ppt for PFOA and PFOS combined) for drinking water.
- Michigan | The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) launched a $23MM PFAS site identification initiative in May 2018 and has identified over 30 sites. More details on MDEQ’s PFAS initiative are available online.
- New York | The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has initiated a PFAS sampling program at more than 1,750 inactive solid waste sites throughout the state.
- New York | The NYSDEC has also initiated a statewide PFAS evaluation at remediation sites and is requiring remediation site owners to sample and report a list of PFAS compounds and 1,4-Dioxane. Several GES clients have received letters from the state. GES is supporting our clients with compliance and is also providing sampling services directly to the NYSDEC under our investigation and remediation contract.
- New Jersey | The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection just updated their fish monitoring program to include PFAS in addition to PCBs, mercury, and pesticides for which consumption advisories already exist.
- North Carolina | The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality began investigating the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River in June 201 The nearby Chemours (formerly DuPont) facility produces GenX. GenX is a trade name for a fluorinated chemical used to replace PFOA in manufacturing fluoropolymers such as Teflon. Find more details about GenX on the EPA website.
- Legal Roundup | In February, the state of Minnesota settled its PFAS lawsuit against 3M for $850MM. In June, the state of New York filed lawsuit against 3M, Tyco, Buckeye Fire Equipment, National Foam, and Kidde-Fenwal. In July, the state of Michigan took steps towards initiating legal proceedings against 3M.
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GES has developed a standard operating procedure (SOP) specifically for Media Sampling for PFAS compounds. Our SOP captures the best practices in the industry to ensure the quality and integrity of PFAS samples. GES has more than 30 years of hands-on experience developing and implementing sampling programs for the detection of emerging contaminants in air, soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater. For the past 10 years, we have mobilized field crews at a high-profile site in support of a client investigation that includes routine sampling and reporting for more than a dozen PFAS compounds. We have successfully applied our unique project experience and approach to a number of PFAS sampling engagements across the country. GES has the equipment, resources, and trained personnel in place to mobilize crews for the safe and timely collection of field samples to ensure quality laboratory analysis, accurate regulatory reporting, and cost-effective plans for PFAS treatment and site remediation.
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