PFAS Analysis Timeline

  • 1938 – PFOA first discovered and uses developed.
  • 1956 – PFOS first discovered and uses developed.
  • Late 1990s – Pace assists major producer with toxicity studies of PFAS compounds, analyzing thousands of samples over an extended period of time. EPA and 3M studies show PFOS contamination of global blood banks.
  • 2000 – 3M initiates voluntary phase-out of PFAS in cooperation with EPA, and other U.S. manufacturers follow suit.
  • 2012 - Pace Analytical develops EPA 537 PFAS test method and is approved by EPA for Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) 3 testing.
  • 2013 – 2016 - EPA includes PFAS in its UCMR 3 drinking water study of all Public Water Systems that serve greater than 10,000 consumers. Pace analyzes >3,000 samples for PFAS.
  • January 2016 - Discovery of PFAS contamination of groundwater in the Hoosick Falls area of New York leads NYSDEC to declare the area a state Superfund site.
  • May 2016 – During UCMR 3 PFAS were detected in enough Public Water Systems at high enough levels for EPA to issue a Public Health Advisory that states “To provide Americans, including the most sensitive populations, with a margin of protection from a life-time of exposure to PFOA and PFOS from drinking water, EPA established the health advisory levels at 70 parts per trillion”.
  • September 2016 – Pace Analytical doubles its capacity at Ormond Beach, FL lab for analysis of PFAS samples.
  • Summer-Fall 2017 - Pace Analytical again doubles its capacity for analysis of PFAS samples at Minneapolis, MN lab, extends compound list, and seeks DoD ELAP accreditation and MN certification (expected Fall 2017).
  • Summer 2017 – Pace adds GenX compounds NaDONA (Sodium Dodecafluoro-3H-4,8-dioxanonanoate) and PFPrOPrA (Perfluoro-2-propoxypropanoic acid) to its capabilities.
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