PFAS IN SOILS & OTHER SOLIDS

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Pace® works with industry and local leaders to help protect their communities with advanced PFAS testing services for soil and a wide range of other solids.  

THE SOURCE OF PFAS IN SOIL

Soil can become contaminated with PFAS in a variety of ways, such as wastewater discharge, biosolids, incinerator ash, and more. Through plant uptake, this PFAS can travel to the food we eat. Drinking water sources can also be contaminated through runoff into local waterways and seepage into underground aquifers.

EPA IMPLEMENTS POLLUTER PAYS PRINCIPLES

While the EPA does not target PFAS in soil as aggressively as in drinking water, the agency is well-aware of the impact on soil from sources like wastewater discharge, landfill leachate, and surface runoff. Congress has granted them enforcement authority under programs like RCRA, TSCA, CWS, SDWA, and CERCLA, to investigate the release of PFAS into the environment – past and present – and to hold polluters accountable for cleanup and remediation.

STATES GET AGGRESSIVE WITH PFAS POLLUTERS

Many states are promising action against PFAS polluters as well. For example, Washington State has already declared PFAS a hazardous substance under its Model Toxics Control Act. This state law gives the WA Department of Ecology the authority to assess sites suspected of being contaminated with PFAS and to issue remediation and clean-up orders.

REQUEST A PFAS BRIEFING FOR YOUR STATE

Pace® offers PFAS testing services across the country through its nationwide network of certified and accredited labs. Our experts can bring your compliance and risk-management teams up to speed quickly on current and pending PFAS action in your area.

PRIMARY PFAS TEST METHODS FOR SOIL & OTHER SOLIDS

Multiple test methods can be used to analyze for PFAS in soil and other solids. If you’re complying with state sampling mandates, always check to see if a specific test method is required in your state.

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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

SPECIALTY TESTING SERVICES FOR PFAS IN SOLIDS

Remediating PFAS in soil often requires locating the source of that PFAS. Pace® has developed testing methods and protocols for analyzing PFAS across several vectors of contamination.

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AFFF

Used to fight chemical and aviation fires

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Biosolids

Land-applied as fertilizer

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Incinerator ash

For particles of incomplete combustion (PICs)

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Leachate

From unlined or aging landfill

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Stack emissions

From incinerators and industry

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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