PFAS IN LANDFILL LEACHATE

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PACE® WAS ONE OF THE FIRST LABS IN THE U.S. TO SUPPORT REPONSIBLE WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WITH TESTING SERVICES FOR PFAS IN LEACHATE.

(UNDER)LINING THE ISSUE

Leachate from unlined or poorly lined landfills, commonly found in industry and on construction sites, can contaminate local groundwater and surface water. Since PFAS don’t degrade naturally, contamination may continue for decades after the landfill has been decommissioned.

Municipal landfills are typically well lined, so leachate doesn’t leak directly into the surrounding environment. Instead, the leachate is often sent to the local wastewater treatment plant for processing. Unfortunately, traditional wastewater treatment processes do not remove PFAS and can convert PFAS precursors into terminal compounds

SOURCES OF PFAS IN LANDFILL

Both industrial and municipal landfills are easily contaminated with PFAS. Here are just a few common sources.

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Construction Waste

Roofing, carpeting, wiring, solar panels, and more may contain PFAS to make them more durable.

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Food Packaging

PFAS is often added to paper and paperboard food packaging to make it grease resistant.

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Discarded Clothing

PFAS has historically been used to weather-proof clothing or to make it flame retardant.

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Industrial Waste

PFAS may be used in industrial applications as a lubricant or to increase mechanical durability.

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Fluorinated Plastics

PFAS added to plastics can prevent seepage and block noxious fumes and unpleasant odors.

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Household Garbage

Cosmetics, non-stick cookware, cleaning products and other waste may contain PFAS.

REGULATORY LANDSCAPE FOR LEACHATE

Many of the high profile PFAS lawsuits have involved industrial landfills, so even without specific laws targeting leachate, risk mitigation requires a focus in this area. In addition, the EPA plans to complete a detailed study on PFAS discharge from landfill by fall of 2022. They will use this data to inform future rulemaking.

TEST METHODS FOR PFAS IN LEACHATE AND LANDFILL

Various methods can be used to assess PFAS in landfill leachate and solids. Pace® can help you select the right method based on your scenario and the goals of your project.

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PFAS by Isotope Dilution

Pace® method for targeted PFAS

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DOD QSM v5.3; v5.4

Quality control standards for PFAS testing

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EPA SW-846 Method 8327

Recently developed method for targeted PFAS

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EPA Draft Method 1633

Under development. Targets additional PFAS

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True-TOF®

Low-volume test method for total organofluorines (TOF)

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Adsorbable Organoflourines (AOF)

Less costly, but less-precise method for analyzing for TOF

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TOP Assay

Method for analyzing PFAS precursors in a liquid matrix

PFAS SAMPLING

Download our PFAS Sampling Guide for PFAS test method details including:

  • Method descriptions
  • Sampling guidelines
  • Compound lists

REASONS TO CHOOSE PACE®

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EXPERIENCED

Pace® has been an industry leader in persistent organic pollutant testing for over three decades.
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CERTIFIED

We’re certified/accredited by NELAC, ISO, DOD, DOE, and in every state with a PFAS lab certification program.

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RELIABLE

For emergencies, our Rapid Response Team can provide defensible results in as little as 24 hours.

Committed

COMMITTED

We are committed to helping our customers advance their important work through building strong relationships, delivering upon expectations, and providing exceptional customer service.

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ADVANCED

We can test for PFAS in both solid and aqueous matrices, including potable and non-potable waters, soils, and biota.

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INNOVATIVE

We’re on the leading edge of science, working with EPA, DOD, ASTM, and others to develop new methods for analyzing PFAS.

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