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PFAS and Emerging Contaminants

PFAS Metal Plating Solutions

Although PFAS were once a useful additive in the electroplating industry, factories that used these chemicals are now potentially liable for managing impacted surface water and groundwater around their facilities.

Quality Management, Engineering and Regulatory Support

Since the 1950s PFAS have been used to control hazardous chromic acid mist and improve the stability and quality of copper, nickel, and tin electroplate baths. Traces of the chemicals, including PFOS, are now showing up in groundwater sources.

While no federal regulations for PFAS currently exist, states have already initiated testing of surface water and groundwater around plating facilities with reported releases or where drinking water has been found to contain PFAS.

As more data emerge about PFAS chemicals, regulations are on the increase. Companies that  used these chemicals can act now to identify and resolve potential historical liabilities that could result from direct or indirect sources of PFAS to the environment. Proactive response strategies may include:

  • Reviewing records to understand the types of chemicals used in the metal plating processes.
  • Carrying out a wastewater sampling and analysis program

Quality is at Our CORE

TRC’s nationwide staff of PFAS experts and environmental engineers have carried out sampling and analysis programs for metal plating facilities with confirmed and unconfirmed use of PFAS-based surfactants and wetting agents.

Identifying PFAS is complex and different than typical environmental contaminants. TRC’s PFAS specialists plan and manage the entire process to make sure the sampling is done right and the results are representative before clients spend money to install treatment, containment, or disposal systems.

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