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What are PFAS and Do They Matter to You?

09.06.18   Cheryl A. Kehres-Dietrich, CGWP | More by this Author

What are PFAS and Do They Matter to You?

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are considered emerging contaminants at the national level. In Michigan, PFAS have been found in soil, groundwater and surface water, and their presence presents a risk to the environment and humans. Because of this, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued regulations to control the discharge of these harmful substances into the environment.

PFAS include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Potential PFAS sites include manufacturing sites, wastewater treatment plants, fire stations, airports, military facilities, refineries, petroleum stations and terminals, active and inactive landfills, superfund sites, electroplaters, leather and fabric treaters, tanneries, paper and packaging manufacturers, footwear manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, carpet manufacturers, and car washes.

Because of their ubiquitous use, developers and contractors may be asked by regulators, wastewater treatment plants or others to analyze for PFAS as part of due care for soil, groundwater and storm water management. Sampling for PFAS requires special sampling procedures.

SME can assist with responding to requests for PFAS sampling at redevelopment and construction sites. For more information about how PFAS might affect your project, please contact Cheryl A. Kehres-Dietrich, CGWP or Casey E. Smith.

 

 


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