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 billion 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:
Let the experts at F&V help you with all your PFAS concerns. Call today to assess your options.
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