States Suing PFAS Manufacturers Over Contamination, 'Campaign To Knowingly Deceive The Public'6/7/2023
Attorneys general representing a range of states are now suing the manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) over the harm that these chemicals have caused their residents and environments, including the health effects that have resulted from consuming the contaminants via drinking water.
Third-Party Validated PFAS Destruction Story6/1/2023
Read about a stack testing program at a full-scale GAC reactivation facility during the reactivation of a load of GAC known to contain adsorbed PFAS.
National Ground Water Association Publishes White Paper On PFAS Sampling5/26/2023
The National Ground Water Association has recently published a new white paper focused on guidelines for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) sample collection.
ASDWA Releases Cost Of State Transactions Study For Proposed PFAS Regulation5/25/2023
ASDWA recently finished development of its PFAS CoSTS (PCoSTS) model, an adaptation of the Cost of State Transactions Study (CoSTS) developed for the Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR). PCoSTS estimates the additional burden for primacy agencies associated with the recent proposed PFAS regulation.
Government Of Canada Taking Next Step In Addressing ‘Forever Chemicals’ PFAS5/19/2023
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and the environment from the effects of chemical substances.
Calgon Carbon Initiates Emergency Response To PFAS Detection5/18/2023
Discover how a small town in Delaware addressed PFAS that were detected in three public wells, impacting more than 1,250 residents and businesses.
EGLE Now Testing For PFAS Using Newest EPA Testing Methodology5/16/2023
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Drinking Water Laboratory recently announced that it is now able to test for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water using the newest U.S. EPA testing methodology known as Method 533.
Senators Working To Address Liability Fears Over U.S. EPA’s Proposed PFAS Rules5/16/2023
After the U.S. EPA announced that it was ready to crack down on one of the most pervasive drinking water contaminants in the country, legislators are now stepping in to protect treatment and agricultural operations from potential responsibility for environmental cleanup.
New Model Developed For Predicting Adsorption Of PFAS By Microplastics5/12/2023
Rivers, lakes and oceans worldwide are home to trillions of pieces of plastic pollution that are smaller than five millimeters in length, known as microplastics, and their size allows them to easily enter humans and animals.
Portland Water District (Maine) Takes Proactive Steps To Tackle PFAS-Contaminated Wastewater Biosolids5/11/2023
The Portland Water District (PWD) is exploring options for an advanced regional facility to treat PFAS-contaminated biosolids.
Pioneering Utility Shares Insights On PFAS Treatability4/11/2023Horsham Water was one of the earliest and hardest hit by PFAS contamination. Due to their experience, they are also among the best at treating to very low levels. Learn about the "Horsham Standard" and what drinking water utilities can expect as they endeavor to meet the pending national standard.
How And When The EPA’s Proposed PFAS MCLs Could Impact The Drinking Water Industry3/22/2023
The U.S. EPA recently announced its proposal for what would be the first-ever national drinking water standards for PFAS. This news likely triggered several questions about what this means to the drinking water industry. Here, we will address some of the most important ones.
PFAS Concentrated Waste Disposal Solved2/2/2023
AVANTech has developed a proven, field tested strategy for minimizing waste generation and eliminating potential landfill leaching, and ultimately breaking the PFAS life cycle.
Putting PFAS In The Past1/13/2023Michelle Bellanca, CEO of cleantech company Claros Technologies, shares her thoughts on how to fix the nation's PFAS problem.
Per- And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Treatment And Removal1/9/2023
It is from their nuclear experience that AVANTech’s expertise in the removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was developed. The low concentrations of PFAS in wastewater and the hazardous nature of concentrated adsorbents are similar to those in past applications.
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.