The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this month will begin its statewide sampling plan to identify PFAS-contaminated drinking water supplies. The sampling plan will test water from more than 300 public water supplies with elevated potential for contamination due to proximity to common PFAS sources like military bases, fire training sites, landfills, and manufacturing facilities.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last fall created the state’s PFAS Action Team to address contamination levels across the state. In addition to the sampling plan, the first phase of which is scheduled to take a year, DEP is in the process of setting a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS, marking the first time the state has set an MCL rather than adopting federal standards like it has for other drinking water contaminants.
For more information on DEP’s PFAS efforts, see here.