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Pennsylvania Announces New Statewide PFAS Sampling Plan

On April 12, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a statewide per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) sampling plan to identify impacted drinking water supplies. The sampling plan will start in May 2019 to test water taken from more than 300 public water systems based on proximity to common sources of PFAS. It will include the same six PFAS compounds on the UCMR3 (PFOS, PFOA, PFNA, PFHxS, PFHpA, PFBS) using EPA Method 537.1 to look for PFAS in locations beyond the currently known contamination sites.

The DEP has also announced that it is beginning the process of setting a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS since EPA has not committed to taking regulatory action. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania DEP PFAS website and view the press release here.