Perfluorinated Compounds: Vermont Fire Academy
Stone worked with VT DEC to sample drinking water supplies for perfluorinated chemicals (collectively known as PFAS) in the area of the Vermont Fire Academy, a facility operated by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. From the 1970s until 2011, the Fire Academy used aqueous film-forming foams during training exercises that contained PFAS, primarily perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Vermont recently issued a Groundwater Enforcement Standard of 20 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOS and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in groundwater, representing one of the more stringent standards in the country for these emerging contaminants of concern. Before proceeding, Stone developed a State-approved PFC sampling plan and Standard Operating Procedure. Results of the sampling program indicated that private drinking water supplies were not contaminated with PFAS.
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