At Pace, we regularly hold PFAS technical and regulatory briefings for a variety of different types of organizations. Here’s a recap of answers to some of the most common questions we received from our recent 2021 sessions.
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Once UCMR 5 goes into effect in 2023, ALL public water systems serving more than 3300 people plus 800 randomly selected smaller water systems will need to begin testing for 29 PFAS (and Lithium). That is, if EPA leaves its current UCMR 5 proposal unchanged before it finalizes the rule. It’s also likely that, before UCMR 5 sampling starts in 2023, PFOA and PFOS will have federally enforceable MCLs (Maximum Contaminant Limits) for all water systems under the SDWA (Safe Drinking Water Act).
Topics: PFAS Environmental Lab UCMR 5
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Even though UCMR 5 hasn’t yet been finalized and sampling isn’t set to begin until 2023, it’s top of mind for many of our clients. In this post, I’ll provide a snapshot of UCMR 5 and what you need to know. Keep in mind that some of the details could change before UCMR 5 is finalized around the end of this year.
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One of the questions we often get asked is whether wastewater treatment processes remove PFAS. Here’s the bottom line. You won’t be able to rely on your local wastewater treatment plant to solve your PFAS problem for you. That’s because traditional wastewater treatment processes do not remove PFAS. In fact, they can convert PFAS precursors into PFAS.
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5 takeaways from the epa's interim wastewater discharge permitting strategy for pfas
The EPA continues to make progress on the PFAS Action Plan they released in 2019. Their most recent action is a memorandum detailing an interim strategy for controlling PFAS through wastewater discharge permitting. In this post, we’ll break this announcement down into what you need to know.
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Which Compounds Should We Include in Our PFAS Testing Program?
When designing a PFAS testing program, one of the fundamental questions that needs to be answered is which compounds to look for. Along with some other key decision points, the answer can greatly influence the design of your program.
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4 Facts Airport Operators Need to Know About PFAS
At Pace Analytical®, we’re seeing a steady flow of inquiries from airport operators and municipalities concerned about PFAS contamination. In today’s post, I thought I’d break down our discussions into several FAQs and do my best to provide clear, concise answers.
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172 “FOREVER CHEMICALS” ADDED TO THE EPA’S TOXIC RELEASE INVENTORY (TRI) PROGRAM
One of the ways the EPA furthers its mission of protecting human health and the environment is through the Toxic Release Inventory program, more commonly known as TRI. This program was originally created in 1986 as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Today, the TRI data is publicly accessible and designed to support informed decision-making by communities, government agencies, companies, and others.