Extent of PFOA and PFOS Contamination in Water Systems Expanding – Utilize AGC’s PFOA and PFOS Experience for Your Water System or Site


The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released a report estimating the amount of PFOA and PFOS contamination in drinking water systems throughout the United States that is substantially higher than originally predicted by the USEPA.

According to the report, over 1,500 water systems could be impacted, resulting in the exposure of PFOA and PFOS to about 110 million Americans, rather than the original 16 million estimate.

The EWG is pressing for states to set standards and for cleanups to begin.  States New Jersey, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Vermont have all promulgated new standards and/or screening levels. States like New Jersey have added other Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as PFNA to their regulated compound list.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) is undertaking a statewide evaluation of remediation sites to better understand the risk posed by certain emerging contaminants.  As part of this effort, the NYSDEC is issuing letters to notify owners of certain remediation sites throughout New York to investigate the presence of PFAS and 1,4 dioxane in groundwater.  This is being performed at the same time that New York is proposing their own State standards.

 Advanced GeoServices, a Montrose Environmental company, has worked on several PFOA/PFOS projects for municipal clients with contaminated drinking water supplies. Advanced GeoServices can assist with these types of projects by providing Work Plans, sampling and testing, water treatment, and remediation.

If you need assistance in handling your PFOA and PFOS issues, please contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Senior Project Consultant

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant