Public Comment Phase: NGWA’s Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice

Comment period closed July 31, 2017.

The purpose of Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice is to identify for the defined audiences the known science and knowledge related to PFAS compounds present in groundwater and the subsurface, as well as the current state of the art in practices relating to the ecological impacts, as well as the anthropogenic uses of groundwater.  The document will also identify gaps in knowledge, or information that is currently in a state of flux in terms of scientific consensus.

The intention is to provide technically defensible guidance useful in defining an appropriate path forward for a client, a water resource, or a regulatory action.

This purpose shall be met by a series of concise, but technically defensible, documents — each highly focused on a number of appropriate categories useful to the defined audiences.

The audiences for this collection of works relevant to groundwater impacted by PFAS are consulting groundwater scientists and engineers, drinking water system operators utilizing groundwater suppliers, and groundwater regulatory personnel at all levels of government.

The drafts below were created and edited by volunteer groundwater professionals and are based upon assessment and interpretation of available literature providing informed perspectives and/or best-in-class solutions from a variety of sources, both internal and external to NGWA.

NGWA is now accepting public comments on the drafts below (click to download PDF of each draft document).

Title Comment period
Cover and credits
Section 1: Overview June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 2: Abbreviations, Acronyms,
Initialisms, and Symbols
June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 3: Human and Ecological Impacts June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 4: Fate and Transport June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 5: Field Sampling and Analyses June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 6: Legal and Regulatory Framework June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 7: Risk Communication June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Section 8: Remediation and Treatment June 2, 2017 to July 31, 2017

All comment submissions are to be made in this online “NGWA Public Review Comment Forum.” Comments will only be accepted during the period as noted in the “Comment period” column. Please email comments or questions on the document drafting procedure you may have to the staff facilitator of this project, Kevin McCray, CAE. All revisions to the existing drafts will be made at the discretion of the appropriate subtask group.

This publication is a collaborative effort to try to set forth best suggested practices on this topic but science is always evolving, and individual situations and local conditions may vary, so members and others utilizing this publication are free to adopt differing standards and approaches as they see fit based on an independent analysis of such factors. This publication is provided for informational purposes only, so members and others utilizing this publication are encouraged, as appropriate, to conduct an independent analysis of these issues. NGWA does not purport to have conducted a definitive analysis on the topic described in this publication, and it assumes no duty, liability, or responsibility for the contents or use of the publication.