emerging contaminants mitigation

Emerging Contaminants Summit, Westminster, CO

March 10, 2020

Meet SCS’s Wastewater Treatment Director, Dr. Viraj deSilva at the Emerging Contaminants Summit in Westminster, Colorado, March 10-11, 2020.

Dr. deSilva is presenting a poster on PFAS Management and Treatment.

The Emerging Contaminants Summit is the only environmental conference that comprehensively addresses mitigating the presence of these contaminants across all environmental media including surface water, groundwater, drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, soils and sediments.

The Summit brings together renowned industry leaders to share insights and learn from one another. Leaders and key stakeholders from academia, government, regulatory community as well as site owners, private consulting agencies and various other environmental professionals attend and present at the summit.

At the conference, you will discover cutting-edge developments based on completed projects and/or conclusive evidence within the environmental health, science and engineering fields; learn about current theoretical and practical aspects of environmental health, science and engineering as well as related industry-specific topics of interest; have the opportunity to evaluate the latest technologies and products and interact directly with suppliers; and network with hundreds of top industry professionals at two receptions, breakfasts, lunches and various networking breaks.

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am

PFAS false-positive detections can lead to unnecessary expense and investigations

January 22, 2020


When a release of PFAS occurs at a metal finishing facility, it is often due to the integrity of the wastewater system. Due to the persistence of PFAS and very low concentrations considered to be toxic, even water containing a small amount of PFAS can result in a large impact on the environment. If water can migrate into the subsurface, so can PFAS. Once in the soil, any water introduced into the soil can transport the PFAS into the groundwater.

The Californian chrome plating facilities are being required to test for PFAS even if there is no evidence of historical contamination at the property from any chemicals. Current testing is requiring the analysis of 25 different kinds of PFAS, including PFOS and 6:2 FTS.

Because such low concentrations of PFAS are considered to be toxic and their prevalence in common consumer products and tools, false-positive detections are common during the investigations for PFAS. False positives detections can lead to unnecessary expense and additional investigations. Therefore, selecting a knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced environmental consulting firm, is paramount to keeping the investigation as low cost as possible.

The author is Lynleigh Love a Senior Professional Geologist at SCS Engineers specializing in emerging contaminants.

To purchase, read, or cite this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00202967.2020.1696597

(2020) Upcoming mandatory testing requirements for chromium plating facilities, Transactions of the IMF, 98:1, 6-7, DOI: 10.1080/00202967.2020.1696597.


Learn more about PFAS and the impact on industrial wastewater pretreatment and groundwater protection.







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