Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) including GenX

5/25/2016

Perfluorooctanioc acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are two compounds from a group broadly known as perfluorocarbons or PFCs.  These chemicals were used extensively in the production of stain-resistant and non-stick products along with fire-fighting foam.  Since the early 2000s, they have been subject to regulatory review and production restrictions have been imposed.  Recently, these compounds have been discovered as significant environmental contaminants in a number of sites across the nation.  In May of 2016, EPA established health advisory levels at 70 parts per trillion for both PFOA and PFOS. For more information check out the EPA website HERE

Northern Lake Service developed method 537 to test for these perfluorinated compounds in response to UCMR3 – the third round of EPA’s national program to collect occurrence data of unregulated contaminants in our Nation’s public drinking water sources.   Working for individual water systems and directly for EPA as one of only four small-system contract labs, NLS analyzed thousands of samples from 2013 to 2015.

We continue to perform testing for a number of investigative and remediation projects. In addition, we have recently added GenX to our PFC parameter list. Call Andy or Tracy today for more information about testing for perfluorinated compounds (PFC).