Emerging Contaminants

The chemicals we use in everyday life may pose a risk to human health and the environment. As we learn more about their interactions, these emerging contaminants, such as PFAS (Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and 1,4-Dioxane have gained world-wide attention. PFAS have been used in industrial applications and common consumer projects; 1,4-Dioxane is an industrial solvent. PFAS are found in thousands of fluorine-containing chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, and petroleum products. Studies suggest these emerging contaminants may affect different systems in the human body. Although research is ongoing, federal and state regulatory bodies have begun to develop policies and cleanup criteria for these components. We are currently monitoring the EPA’s designation of PFAS, including their salts and structural isomers, as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund.

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Fuss & O’Neill has been on the forefront of emerging contaminants, leading presentations, writing white papers, and developing standard operating procedures for sampling to prevent cross-contamination with everyday products. We have assisted water companies in evaluating potential threats to their water supplies, and have sampled at many of their properties.

  • Development of Identification, Operations, and Monitoring Plans for Best Practices
  • Potential Source Evaluation Studies for Drinking Water Supplies
  • Remedial Alternatives Evaluation
  • Remediation
  • Sampling (Soil, Groundwater, Drinking Water)
  • Training

Understanding PFAS

Download our PFAS FAQ Sheet

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