PFAS IN WASTEWATER

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PACE® HELPS WATER PROFESSIONALS AND INDUSTRY COMBAT PFAS CONTAMINATION AND COMPLY WITH EVER-CHANGING WASTEWATER REGULATIONS.

A PATHWAY TO CONTAMINATION

Wastewater discharge can be a primary conduit for PFAS into the environment and drinking water sources.

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INDUSTRY

PFAS-contaminated wastewater is sent for treatment or discharged directly into the environment.

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LANDFILL

Collection systems send contaminated leachate to the municipal wastewater treatment plant.

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MUNICIPALITIES

Storm system run off containing PFAS is sent to the municipal wastewater treatment plant.

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AIRPORTS

Runoff containing discharged AFFF is sent to the municipal wastewater treatment plant.

WHAT ARE PFAS PRECURSORS?

PFAS precursors are compounds that can be converted into terminal, targeted PFAS during traditional wastewater treatment processes.

EPA PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON WASTEWATER

Over the next 2-3 years, the EPA plans to strengthen its focus on PFAS in wastewater discharge through a number of existing programs.

ELG

Undertake rulemaking/study to restrict PFAS discharge from industrial sources

NPDES

Propose additional monitoring requirements, leveraging new PFAS Test Method

CERCLA

Designate PFAS as a hazardous substance, clearing way for greater accountability for polluters

METHOD VALIDATION

Develop/validate new methods to analyze for more PFAS in non-potable waters

STATES FOLLOW EPA’S LEAD ON PFAS IN WASTEWATER

States that issue their own NPDES permits often follow the EPA’s lead. The agency also plans to issue new guidance by winter 2022 to states that operate their own NPDES permitting system. This is expected to include the use of EPA Test Method 1633 once it is finalized and validated.

KNOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Mitigating your risks starts with understanding the regulatory landscape for your industry and the states in which you do business. Pace® PFAS experts can brief your organization on:
  • What the EPA’s Strategic Plan means for your industry
  • The regulatory landscape in your operating geographies
  • Testing and sampling cost details to help with compliance planning and budgeting

PRIMARY WASTEWATER TEST METHODS

Several methods are available to analyze for targeted and non-targeted PFAS in wastewater. Pace® can help you select the right method based on the medium 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

THE DOS AND DON’TS OF 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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