Practical Application of PFAS Forensics
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Increasingly when we detect PFAS in the environment we need tools to differentiate sources, timing of releases, define background concentrations, and determine if the detected PFAS originated from a single source, multiple sources, or if detections represent “anthropogenic background” not clearly associated with a distinct process or release.

As PFAS forensics emerges as a field many of the forensic techniques that have been established for other complex contaminant mixtures, such as PAHs and PCBs, are also being utilized to develop distinct PFAS “fingerprints” and identify sources. In addition, the complex chemistry of PFAS has also led to several novel forensic techniques unique to PFAS. This presentation will provide an overview of PFAS forensic techniques and discuss several “real world” case studies. This presentation will demonstrate how to contextualize results in order to effectively communicate PFAS forensics to both clients and regulators, particularly when attempting to identify and differentiate sources.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Dylan Eberle
  • All Authors: Dylan Eberle
  • Title: RemTEC, The Remediation Technology Summit
  • Event or Publication: Event
  • Practice Areas: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Citation: Dylan will present at the 2021 RemTEC Virtual Summit on March 9-11, 2021.
  • Date: March 9, 2021, 4:50-5:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Webinar, Virtual Conference
  • Publication Type: Platform Presentation