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State Water Board Issues PFAS ORDER to
Publicly-Owned Treatment Works

 

On July 9, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued Order WQ  2020- 0015-DWQ (Order) to wastewater treatment facilities that are potential dischargers of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  Wastewater treatment facilities with a design flow greater than or equal to one million gallons per day are required to comply with the Order.  They are required to complete and upload a questionnaire to Geotracker.

In addition, monitoring and sampling is required as follows:

  • Influent – 24-hr composite for 4 quarters beginning Q4 2020
  • Effluent – 24-hr composite for 4 quarters beginning Q4 2020
  • Sludge – One-time during the first year of the PFAS Order
  • Groundwater (facilities with a monitoring well network) – One-time following approval of proposed wells to be sampled (minimum of 3 wells).

Noncompliance penalties with the Order are steep and facilities may be subject to civil liability in the amount of up to $5k for each day of violation.

JJ&A specializes in providing environmental consulting services to a wide range of industrial clients and we have experience in working at sites and facilities impacted by PFAS including proactively characterizing impacted sites.   Click here for additional information on JJ&A PFAS services.

 

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