PFAS Wastewater Sampling Guidance: Leave the Sharpies and Post-It Notes at the Office

PFAS Wastewater Sampling Guidance: Leave the Sharpies and Post-It Notes at the Office

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently issued guidance on wastewater sample collection for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). The wastewater sampling guidance can be used for compliance with the new PFAS Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) requirements. The wastewater PFAS sampling guidance covers sampling equipment, equipment decontamination, sample collection and handling, field clothing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and sample shipment. 

Michigan Strengthens Lead and Copper Rule in Drinking Water

Michigan Strengthens Lead and Copper Rule in Drinking Water

The State of Michigan has strengthened its lead and copper rules for drinking water.  The changes were filed on June 14, 2018, and are now part of the official state statute. These changes wrap-up a year-long administrative process between the MDEQ and the governor’s office. With these changes, Michigan now has the strictest lead in drinking water rules in the country. The highlights of the changes to the lead in drinking water rules, include:

PFAS Sample Collection Containers and Tips

PFAS Sample Collection Containers and Tips

Sample collection for PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) requires an experienced environmental professional to eliminate and reduce potential field issues that could impact analytical test results.  To support our clients’ PFAS sample collection efforts, Merit provides sample collection kits to ensure the proper sample volume is collected, along with appropriate preservatives and sample containers. 

It must be noted that the sample collection container type, volume, and preservatives are dependent upon the sample matrix and analytical method. Here are the standard guidelines for the PFAS sample collection kits provided by Merit:

It’s Hard to Know the PFAS Players Without a Scorecard

It’s Hard to Know the PFAS Players Without a Scorecard

Many of the longer chain carbon compounds analyzed as part of PFAS testing have long chemical names and can be tricky to differentiate. At Merit Laboratories, we’re always working to find ways to make it easy for our clients.  To help you out, here’s a list of acronyms used for commonly-analyzed polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 

MDEQ Launches Program for PFAS Testing at Michigan Schools and Public Water Systems

MDEQ Launches Program for PFAS Testing at Michigan Schools and Public Water Systems

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has launched a statewide program for Michigan schools and public drinking water systems to test for polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  Schools with water from wells have been notified by the MDEQ of the need for PFAS testing.  Schools receiving water from a public water system will be notified of analytical results by the drinking water provider.

The Number of PFAS Sites in Michigan Grows

The Number of PFAS Sites in Michigan Grows

The number of sites with PFAS contamination in Michigan continues to grow.  The MDEQ has compiled a listing of these PFAS sites along with a map  that have been identified as having PFAS levels that are potentially impacting human health and the environment .  The sites, which are found at locations throughout Michigan, include:

Merit Laboratories Delivers PFAS Technical Presentation for the Michigan Manufacturers Association

Merit Laboratories Delivers PFAS Technical Presentation for the Michigan Manufacturers Association

Maya Murshak, CEO of Merit Laboratories, delivered a technical presentation to the Michigan Manufacturing Association about Perfluorocarbons (PFCs). PFCs are commonly known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).  The presentation was held on May 8th in Lansing for members of the MMA Environmental Policy Committee and PFAS Workgroup.