PFAS is more than just an acronym for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified as contaminants. It’s becoming Michigan’s biggest environmental crisis in 40 years.
PFAS chemicals have been found all over the state – in public and private water supplies, wastewater treatment plants, landfills, commercial, industrial and manufacturing sites, and military and civilian airports. The chemicals are popular because of their ability to repel oil and water. They are an ingredient in some firefighting foams, food packaging, cleaning products and other household items.
PFAS is very hard to break down and sticks around for a long time once it gets into the environment. It easily transfers through soil to groundwater and can increase the likelihood of certain serious health problems.
Because of the emerging contaminant, Michigan has taken a proactive stance since 2017 to investigate sources and locations of PFAS and protect drinking water and public health. It is now one of the first states to establish a clean-up standard for PFAS in groundwater used for drinking water.
F&V has also been at the forefront of PFAS investigations, working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, on PFAS sampling, detection and clean-up efforts. Our services, which begin with initial planning, how to address PFAS concerns and developing public information, include sampling, laboratory analysis and detection, and design, construction and operation of remediation/treatment facilities.
F&V Sampling, Testing, and Detecting PFAS
Testing for PFAS has a detection limit in parts per trillion so sampling for PFAS involves specialized protocols to avoid cross-contamination. At F&V, we have taken hundreds of drinking water, wastewater, soil, leachate, groundwater, foam, and surface water samples for laboratory analysis for PFAS.
F&V has Solutions for You
We have designed PFAS treatment systems for municipal water supplies, industrial wastewater and residential water wells. F&V can also help:
- Public water supplies complete studies to locate new wells, if needed
- Wastewater treatment plant owners and operators in assessing PFAS concentrations at various stages of the treatment process and develop plans to eliminate or control incoming PFAS and to comply with NPDES permits
- Industrial and commercial entities, who send PFAS impacted water to a WWTP, by providing guidance to reduce their PFAS concentrations
- Landfill owners and operators by not only sampling leachate streams and groundwater for PFAS analysis, but also designing leachate treatment systems to remove PFAS
- Commercial and industrial potential sites with Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) to limit the liability of a new property owner for any existing contamination. F&V can also assist in evaluating a plan to manage risks and quantify potential remediation costs as part of the property acquisition decision process
- Manufacturing facilities like textile and leather processors, paper mills, metal finishers, and plating facilities who have a history of using PFAS compounds, in assessing PFAS impacts in soil and groundwater at manufacturing sites
- Civilian and military airports and industrial facilities that used Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF) in training exercises or to extinguish hydrocarbon fires to assess PFAS contamination from AFFF
- Residential water users test for PFAS and explore options if PFAS is detected in their water
Let the experts at F&V help you with all your PFAS concerns. Call today to assess your options.
Contact F&V’s Environmental Group Manager Brian Rice at 616.942.3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or provide us your contact information below and we will contact you.
The latest information on PFAS is also available at:
- State of Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) website serving as the main resource for public information on PFAS contamination in Michigan www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) website including health information, exposure, and links to additional resources www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) website including basic information, U.S. EPA actions, and links to informational resources www.epa.gov/pfas