AGC Attending Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team Public Meeting on April 15

As part of Advanced GeoServices’ ongoing efforts to continue servicing clients with PFAS issues, Steve Kirschner will be attending the Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team public meeting on April 15, 2019.  The meeting will discuss:

Image courtesy of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Image courtesy of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • PFAS Action Team;

  • MCL update;

  • Toxicological issues;

  • PFAS Pilot Study;

  • Laboratory Instrumentation;

  • Land Recycling Program Regulatory Package

  • Staff Sampling Training

  • Drinking Water Sampling Plan

  • EPA PFAS Action Plan

  • Sources, Impacts, & Water Supplier Needs

  • Township Recommendations

  • Redevelopment of the Willow Grove Site

  • PFAS Management

The Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team was created in September 2018 by Governor Wolf to address PFAS issues within the Commonwealth.  The Action Team is led by the secretaries of Environmental Protection, Health, Military and Veteran Affairs, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture, and the State Fire Commissioner.

Steve Kirschner leads the Montrose Emerging Contaminants Team, which is comprised of professionals that address PFAS issues impacting sampling, remediation, brownfields, water treatment, stormwater, air, laboratory instrumentation, chemistry, toxicology, industrial, water supplier, and municipal issues.  Montrose is able to combine our expertise from various experts nationwide to help our clients address their PFAS issues.  To learn more about the PA PFAS Action Team meeting or to discuss, contact:

Steve Kirschner, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant

EPA Boss Calls for “War on Lead”

EPA Boss Calls for War on Lead

The contamination of the Flint, Michigan, drinking water system has increased awareness of the issues associated with childhood exposure to lead which can suppress growth, decrease IQ scores, and lead to convulsions, coma, and death.  The Flint water crisis triggered a nationwide call for water testing – for lead – a substance many thought had been managed with the phasing out of leaded gas and paints. 

On February 15, 2018, USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt convened a meeting of fellow cabinet members and their departments to develop a national strategy to protect children from lead exposure and declared a “War on Lead”.

EPA Boss Calls for War on Lead

Some states are already addressing the issue.  In particular, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is tackling lead contamination by requiring all drinking water system owners (whether public or private) to enhance testing for lead.  To support system owners and to maintain consistency across the state, NJDEP developed a template for a Lead and Copper Sampling Plan that all drinking water systems were required to fill-in and submit to NJDEP for approval before launching the new sampling protocols in 2018.  These templates required system-specific information like water source, water treatment, bulk purchasers, licensed operator(s), standard and alternate sampling sites, sampling method, sampling frequency, testing methods, reporting, public education, and required notices in the event of detected lead levels exceeding drinking water standards. 

One requirement is a system-wide map showing water distribution systems and sampling locations to demonstrate how the entire system is represented by the selected sampling locations.  In NJ, these Lead and Copper Sampling Plans work hand-in-hand with Water Quality Parameter Sampling Plans, which address other potential contaminants based on source-specific constituents and/or site-specific treatment processes.

GPM Associates, an Advanced GeoServices company, has worked with clients, including town-based public water utilities, private water systems supporting mobile home parks, and schools, to develop Lead and Copper Sampling Plans.  Part of the NJDEP process has included correcting NJDEP records regarding actual water treatment and which water sources are associated with each treatment facility.

As with any program which increases the number of samples and sampling frequency, the new sampling protocols have resulted in increased costs for clients to meet the new NJDEP requirements.  GPM Associates, an Advanced GeoServices company, supports clients in exploring where testing can be performed in-house using USEPA-certified equipment, including training clients in the use of the equipment.  In some instances, less than $1,000 in sampling equipment can help clients realize cost-savings in excess of $15,000.

Our experience in NJ can be leveraged in other jurisdictions to assist clients in developing the needed data to demonstrate compliance with Safe Drinking Water Standards relative to Lead, and other possible constituents of concern. 

If you would like to learn more about lead sampling plans and protocols, please contact:

Veronica Foster or Gina Reeve

Stay Safe This Holiday Season: Ladder Safety

As the Holiday Season approaches, please remember to use proper ladder safety when setting up lights and decorations, or cleaning the gutters.  At Advanced GeoServices we want everyone to be safe - on and off the job!

Stay Safe This Holiday Season:  Ladder Safety


1.    Do select the right ladder for the job
2.    Do NOT improvise by creating your own “ladder” with chairs, stools, etc…
3.    Do stabilize ladder, if necessary
4.    Do NOT exceed the ladder weight capacity
5.    Do make sure that the ladder is on a firm, level, non-slippery surface
6.    Do NOT use metal ladders near electrical lines/equipment
7.    Do center your body on the ladder
8.    Do NOT set up a ladder near a doorway or high traffic area unless you cordon off the area
9.    Do face the ladder at all times
10.    Do NOT use less than 3 points of physical contact with the ladder 

Advanced GeoServices is committed to safety.   To learn how your workplace can become a safer environment, contact:

Steve Kirschner

Stay Safe This Holiday Season:  Ladder Safety