The National Ground Water Association today announced the development and release of Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice. A 12-month effort with 36 volunteers contributing over 1100 hours of work. The comprehensive eight-part guidance document explores these potentially hazardous, and widely discussed, compounds in groundwater and soil.
NGWA published this document to identify the known science and knowledge related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds. It summarizes the fate, transport, remediation, and treatment of PFAS, as well as current technologies, methods, and field procedures used to characterize sites and test remediation and treatment technologies.
SL Environmental Law Groups Richard Head helped added to this volunteer effort. “It is important for all of us to contribute our time to help resolve this monumental problem”, Richard said from his office in New Hampshire. “If we do not get our hands around the PFAS problem now, it will take decades to get resolved”.
In 2016 the USEPA set drinking water health advisories for PFOA and PFOS at 0.07 micrograms per liter, or 70 parts per trillion. That is the equivalent to one grain of salt in 1000 gallons of water. Up to fifteen million people live in areas where PFAS concentrations are above the USEPA health advisory. Before this document, the groundwater industry did not have consistent and reliable approaches to characterizing and remediating these emerging contaminants.
Richard Head is Of Counsel at SL Environmental Law Group. He focuses his practice on complex environmental contamination litigation.