PFAS Central: The Latest News

Posted by Tori Morgan on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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Updated: 5/22/2024 

Information about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is everywhere – in the news, on social media, coming from regulators – and it’s hard to stay current, let alone separate the facts from opinions.

To help you stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving topic of PFAS, we distilled the critical information you need to know and organized it by industry. We'll continually add and update as PFAS-related news changes.

PFAS Cycle Graphic (PA DEP)

PFAS: Understanding the Cycle

  • What are PFAS?
  • Where are they used?
  • What is the Cycle?
  • Why is this all so confusing?
  • What can I do?
PFAS Water

PFAS in Water

  • What are the chances PFAS are in our water?
  • What are the current regulatory requirements in PA?
  • What if we find PFAS?
  • What should utilities tell their consumers?
PFAS Wastewater

PFAS in Wastewater

  • How do PFAS affect my WWTP?
  • What are the current regulatory requirements in PA?
  • What can I do right now?
PFAS Industry

PFAS in Industry

  • Which industries most likely produce PFAS?
  • What are the current state or federal regulatory requirements?
  • What should manufacturers be doing right now?

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PFAS Biosolids

PFAS in Biosolids

  • How do PFAS affect Biosolids?
  • What are the current state or federal regulatory requirements?
  • What do biosold producers need to do now?

Finding the Facts

The referenced sources for the facts on our downloads are listed below. And if you geek out like I do over this topic, these make for some great reading to better understand PFAS and the PFAS cycle.

Understanding the Cycle

  1. Wastewater Digest: The Surprising Places PFAS Are Being Found - December 2021
  2. EPA Technical Fact Sheet: Drinking Water Health Advisories for Four PFAS - June 2022: Provides the statistic that approximately 80% of PFAS entering our bodies comes from environmental sources, and 20% comes from drinking water.
  3. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) PFAS Action Team Initial Report - 2019: History of PFAS in PA and info about the Cycle, precursor to the PA DEP Testing Report
  4. PA DEP website page on PFAS – for the latest state updates

PFAS in Water

  1. PA DEP PFAS Testing in PA - 2019 to 2021: Note the laboratory reporting limits for all 18 PFAS were from 1.7 to 4.0 ppt. All sampling results sorted by county are available HERE.
  2. PA DEP PFAS MCL Rule: Limits & Testing Requirements - January 23, 2023
  3. EPA National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) - March 14, 2023: PROPOSED Limits & Testing Requirements

PFAS in Wastewater

  1. EPA Memo: Addressing PFAS Discharges in NPDES Permits and Through the Pretreatment Program and Monitoring Programs (Dec. 5, 2022)
  2. FAQ About PFAS Testing Methods for NPDES Permits | US EPA
  3. Key EPA Actions to Address PFAS | US EPA

PFAS in Industry

PFAS in Biosolids

  1. Federal Register: Designation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) as CERCLA Hazardous Substances
  2. Risk Assessment of Pollutants in Biosolids | US EPA
  3. Landfills Effluent Guidelines | US EPA
  4. CERCLA Limiting Liability Letter Example (April 28, 2022)
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