For state and local governments, the most common example of air emissions testing involves stack emissions from industry. Sampling stack emissions requires specialized sampling equipment to be placed inside the stack by qualified personnel and then tested using the appropriate test for the suspected contaminants.
Incineration has long-been a preferred method for disposing of industrial waste and chemical stockpiles. Unfortunately, new evidence suggests that “thermal destruction” isn’t as effective as once thought. Soil, ash, groundwater, and air samples taken from incinerator sites and surrounding neighborhoods have shown elevated levels of PFAS. With the increased awareness that air emissions may be a significant pathway for PFAS to enter the environment, some states such as New Hampshire, New York, and Michigan have proposed or enacted restrictions of PFAS in air permits ahead of EPA regulations. The EPA plans to issue updated guidance on destruction and disposal methods by fall of 2023. In the meantime, the agency is also considering listing certain PFAS as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
As the EPA ramps up its focus on PFAS remediation though legislation such as CWA, TSCA, and CERCLA, many Pace® customers have implemented sampling programs for the matrices that can be impacted by airborne PFAS. PFAS can become airborne by numerous routes, such as waste incineration, manufacturer stack emissions, and leachate evaporation. Once PFAS is airborne, its geographical impacts can become far reaching. Air deposition of PFAS can cause a wide array of non-air matrices to be impacted. For instance, the impact zone can be greatly increased for private wells and soil once PFAS is not in a controlled environment, such as a landfill, and becomes airborne.
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We can test for PFAS in both solid and aqueous matrices, including potable and non-potable waters, soils, and biota.
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