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Regulations for the identification and remediation of PFAS are expanding quickly due to their widespread distribution, apparent persistence and mobility in the environment, their toxicity at low concentrations, and their reported ability to bio-accumulate and bio-magnify. The USEPA and many states are adding compliance standards for soil and groundwater, the Biden Administration is planning to add PFAS to the RCRA Hazardous Compounds list, the number of facility operations and industries connected with potential PFAS releases are expanding, PFAS information is now required in annual reporting for air and water discharge permits, and routine monitoring of public and private water supplies is now commonplace. Investigating soil, groundwater and surface water relative to PFAS and addressing them when found is now a prevalent task in environmental remediation projects.

Peak’s experienced due diligence and technical professionals conduct careful evaluations of a Site’s history and use to make a sampling determination regarding PFAS. These compounds are associated not just with non-stick coatings, water-proofing materials, or fire-fighting foams. PFAS have been used in a wide variety of industries, manufacturing, and operations. Still, a general description of a company’s operations and products can be misleading, as individual facilities of a company typically associated with PFAS may not have PFAS connections. Further, actual inspection of an area that utilized these compounds is necessary to evaluate the potential for releases to the environment. In addition, details of a facility’s raw materials, process steps, end products and waste products are considered in the evaluation.  More information on PFAS can be found on our Emerging Contaminants page.

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Jeffrey Campbell