PFAS RESOURCES

  • The Microplastics And PFAS Connection
    4/13/2021

    Microplastics, small plastic particles with sizes ranging from 5 millimeters to 1 nanometer with various morphologies such as microfibers, fragments, pellets (nurdles), or microbeads, have received increasing attention, including upcoming statewide monitoring in California.

  • Dingell, Upton Introduce Landmark PFAS Action Act
    4/13/2021

    Today, Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Fred Upton (MI-6), along with 25 other members of Congress, introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that aims to protect all Americans and our environment from harmful forever chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

  • EPA Releases Updated PFBS Toxicity Assessment After Rigorous Scientific Review
    4/4/2021

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an updated toxicity assessment for perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS), a member of a larger group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

  • OCWD And Serrano Water District Recognized By American Society Of Civil Engineers For PFAS Water Treatment Plant
    3/31/2021

    Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) and Serrano Water District (SWD) were recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers-Orange County (ASCE-OC) for their work on the Serrano Water District PFAS Treatment Plant.

  • Following PFAS Contamination, 3M To Pay $12.5 Million For New Water Treatment Plant
    3/30/2021

    Drinking water treatment professionals and regulators around the country have been working to protect consumers from a pervasive and harmful class of contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or “forever chemicals”.

  • UIC Researchers To Test New Groundwater Decontamination Technology
    3/30/2021

    Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago who have developed a reactive electrochemical membrane that can adsorb toxins and degrade them are now testing their technology in the field.

  • EPA Takes First Step To Address Industrial Pollution From 'Forever Chemicals'
    3/18/2021

    The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to propose a new rule, asking chemical companies to provide information on the production and discharge of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which could lead to regulations limiting PFAS discharges into water or wastewater.

  • ECT2 Receives US Patent For Sustainable SuperLoading Process
    3/17/2021

    Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies, Inc. (ECT2), a Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. company, announced today that its SuperLoading process has received a US patent.

  • First ECT2 PFAS Pilot Study Making Headlines In Sweden
    3/11/2021

    After announcing Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies, Inc.’s (“ECT2”) European presence in Sweden and Germany in late 2020, our team quickly got to work on raising awareness regarding PFAS-contamination issues, and educating the water treatment industry on the sustainable, regenerable resin-based PFAS treatment solutions that are available.

  • Selecting The Optimal PFAS Removal Technology
    3/10/2021

    Tighter regulation of the PFAS class of chemicals is on its way. Comprising over 6,300 chemicals found in hundreds of products resistant to stain, heat, oil, grease, and water, PFAS are under rapidly-increasing scrutiny by researchers, the media, and the public, due to the mounting evidence linking PFAS contamination to a wide range of health problems and environmental impacts.

PFAS SOLUTIONS

  • ALTRA PFAS Solution
    1/14/2021

    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 Matters
    11/4/2019

    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.

  • Carbon Systems
    10/15/2018

    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 Simultaneously
    4/25/2018

    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 Analyses
    4/10/2018

    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.

PFAS MULTIMEDIA

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ABOUT PFAS

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.