PFAS CHANGES DETAILED BY EPA

February 14, 2019 - Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a set of comprehensive actions to address the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the environment.  The actions will provide a framework for the future monitoring, detection, and clean-up of PFAS and leverage multiple programs and disciplines.  In the absence of EPA guidance, several states have taken their own stance on PFAS in recent years, leading to a variety of strategies, toxicity limits, and monitoring requirements.  By taking the steps announced, the EPA intends to provide a consistent framework that will assist states, tribes, and communities in addressing PFAS concerns.  The actions announced by EPA include commitments to:

  • Establish a drinking water MCL for PFOA and PFOS
  • Designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances
  • Develop groundwater cleanup recommendations
  • Evaluate including PFAS in Toxic Release Inventory
  • Evaluate prohibiting the use of some PFAS
  • Monitor drinking water at lower concentrations and for more compounds than in previous studies
  • Develop analytical methods for a wide variety of matrices
  • Utilize enforcement tools to address PFAS exposure
  • Develop a risk communication toolbox

Pace Analytical has years of experience testing PFAS under EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule as well as a variety of state-specific programs.  We recently made a significant investment to expand our capabilities and capacity, including new instruments, personnel, and a mobile laboratory.  We look forward to supporting you in future investigation and monitoring programs.  For additional information about our PFAS offerings, please visit our website or speak directly to one of our knowledgeable Program Managers:

Nathan Eklund
(612) 710-0151
nathan.eklund@pacelabs.com

Paul Jackson
(813) 731-1595
paul.jackson@pacelabs.com

Additional information on EPA’s announcement, including the full text of the plan, timeline, and a Fact Sheet, is located on EPA’s website here.