PFAS: PFOS and PFOA

PDC Laboratories Now Offers PFAS Testing

PDC Laboratories is TNI Certified for PFAS by Method 537.1 for Drinking Water and Ground Water. Several states accept the Kansas or Iowa certification and PDC will add state certifications as they become available. PDC is recognized as a leader in the industry, and has experienced analysts to utilize the LC/MS/MS technology that allows us to detect PFAS at low nanogram per liter levels in water. Method development and accreditation is underway for wastewater PFAS testing!

For more information, please contact:

Peoria Location

Groundwater Testing: Gail Schindler at [email protected] or 1-800-752-6651 x1716

Drinking Water Testing: Janet Clutters at [email protected] or 1-800-752-6651 x1743

McHenry Location

Drinking Water Testing: Christina Pierce at [email protected] or 1-815-344-4044 x1622

What is PFAS?

Per- & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a very large class of synthetic chemicals. These PFAS chains are made up of carbon atoms surrounded by fluorine atoms with different terminal ends.

Thousands of different variations that exist in commerce creates a complicated chemistry. These synthetic chemicals are widely used in industrial processes and in consumer products that have been in use since the 1940’s which are mobile via multiple air and water pathways. Some of the PFAS are known to be persistent in the environment, Bioaccumulative in organisms and toxic at relatively low (parts per trillion) levels. Most people have been exposed to PFAS and some PFAS chemicals can accumulate and stay in the human body for long periods of time. There is evidence that exposure to certain PFAS may lead to adverse human health and environmental effects. PFAS is an issue of growing and high concern.

Illinois EPA Health Advisory Levels for PFAS

PFAS Analyte

Acronym

Health-Based Draft Guidance Level  -  (ng/L)

Perfluorobutanesulfonic acid

PFBS

2,100

Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid

PFHxS

140

Perflurooctanesulfonic acid

PFOS

14

Perfluorooctanoic acid

PFOA

2

Perfluorohexanoic acid

PFHxA

560,000

 

For information on PFAS compounds, including possible health effects, please visit the following websites:

Illinois EPA:  https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/pfas/Pages/default.aspx

Illinois EPA: https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=22078

USEPA:  https://www.epa.gov/pfas

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/PFAS_FactSheet.html

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):  https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/index.html

The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC):  https://pfas-1.itrcweb.org/

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