Report: EPA Knowingly Greenlit Use Of PFAS Chemicals In Fracking Operations7/21/2021
Internal U.S. EPA documents released by a physician-led public protection group show that the agency knowingly allowed for the use of chemicals that could degrade into per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by hydraulic fracturing operations.
DOD Holds First Public Outreach Event To Engage With PFAS Stakeholders7/19/2021
On Wednesday, July 14, the Defense Department hosted, for the first time, an online forum that allowed for an open and transparent dialogue between the department and stakeholders affected by the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
AWWA Sends Letter Supporting Amendment 18 In The PFAS Action Act7/19/2021
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) today sent a letter urging members of the House Committee on Rules to approve Amendment 18 in H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act.
Twelvefold Increase In Suspected Industrial Dischargers Of 'Forever Chemicals'7/14/2021
The Environmental Working Group today released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that may be releasing PFAS into the environment, including drinking water sources.
Implementing Granular Activated Carbon Systems: Important Design And Start-Up Considerations7/6/2021
As granular activated carbon (GAC) is increasingly employed to treat PFAS, new practitioners can improve their results by knowing what to expect — thanks to data and experience acquired from prior installations.
Water Treatment Plant In Fullerton Makes History As Orange County’s First Operating PFAS Extraction Plant6/30/2021
The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) and the City of Fullerton have begun operation of the Kimberly Well 1A PFAS Treatment Plant, Orange County’s first wellhead filtration treatment plant to remove perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) from local well water.
Pressure Mounts For National PFAS Standards In Drinking Water6/22/2021
Recent regulatory developments at the federal level appear to suggest that one of the country’s most notorious drinking water contaminants will soon fall under new scrutiny.
EPA Continues To Take Action On PFAS To Protect The Public6/10/2021
To help deliver on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) commitment to help reduce the potential risks to the public from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the agency is announcing three important actions that will better protect all communities from pollution.
AWWA Testifies On Importance Of Science, Source Water Protection At PFAS Hearing6/9/2021
During testimony today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) stated that federal per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) regulation should be grounded in science and prioritize source water protection.
Shaheen, Hassan Announce New Legislation To Clean Up PFAS At Military Installations With Highest Levels Of Contamination6/9/2021
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in introducing two pieces of legislation – the Clean Water for Military Families Act and the Filthy Fifty Act – that would direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify and clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at U.S. military installations with some of the highest detections across the country, including Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire.
ALTRA PFAS Solution1/14/2021
Reliable PFAS extraction in water at a fraction of the cost and risk of solutions that rely primarily on adsorption media (activated carbon or ion exchange resins).
Activated Carbon For PFAS Treatment: Why Base Material Matters11/4/2019
Granular activated carbon (GAC) is an effective and proven technology for the removal of PFAS and many other harmful organic compounds. But, not all products are the same and using the right GAC can make the difference between success and failure.
Loprest designs and manufactures granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment systems for taste and odor applications, chlorine removal, PFC’s, 1 2 3 TCP, PCE/TCE, 1 4 dioxane, and many other contaminants. Loprest has a long, successful history in the selection and application of the proper carbon media for the application.
How To Cost-Effectively Remove Multiple Contaminants From Water Simultaneously4/25/2018
Water utilities must protect the public health by producing a final product that meets all regulatory requirements. In addition, the water must be pleasing to the customer, with no taste or odor issues. And finally, utilities must stay abreast of emerging contaminants, health advisories, and new regulations. It’s a constant challenge to shoulder these responsibilities while staying within tight budgets. Utilities need a technology that helps them achieve multiple goals cost-effectively.
Ultrapure Water For Determination of Toxic Elements In Environmental Analyses4/10/2018
In this paper the importance of reagent water quality for toxic element environmental analyses is discussed, and the suitability of fresh ultrapure water produced using MilliporeSigma water purification systems for ICP-OES and ICP-MS trace element analyses in environmental laboratories is demonstrated.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have sometimes been called “forever chemicals” for their persistent nature in the environment, difficulty to remove through treatment, and bioaccumulation in humans and animals. Two types of PFAS — perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — have been identified as toxic by the U.S. EPA, while many more of the nearly 5,000 PFAS formulas are either suspected contaminants or have yet to be studied thoroughly. Originally developed for non-stick coatings, stain-repellant fabric treatments, and firefighting foams, PFAS are especially prevalent near former areas of high use — such as manufacturing facilities, airports, military bases, or the sites of large fires — yet widely problematic.
In February 2020, the EPA issued preliminary determinations to regulate PFOA and PFOS under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and establish the first national PFAS monitoring and treatment requirements for drinking water utilities (see EPA’s PFAS Action Plan). Numerous U.S. states, however, have already developed rules and guidance for PFAS.
This solution center addresses the topics and questions most important to drinking water professionals as the PFAS issue evolves — How does PFAS get into drinking water? How do utilities monitor for PFAS? What treatment technologies remove PFAS? What are the regulatory limits for PFAS? — with answers provided through breaking news stories, editorial insight, and technical discussions.