SGS PFAS Update: Your Monthly PFAS E-Newsletter

This summer, forever chemicals continue to raise concerns across North America. With news about the 4th Draft Method for 1633 announced, water supply issues and firefighting gear, this August edition of the SGS PFAS newsletter, brings you up to date information on emerging forever chemical stories worldwide.

Breaking PFAS News

4th Draft Method 1633: SGS-Developed EPA Standard Method for Analysis of PFAS in Aqueous, Solid, Biosolids, and Tissue Samples

The 4th Draft of Method 1633 has been unveiled, finalizing the Analysis of Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in all aqueous matrices. . Developed by our expert team at SGS, Method 1633 is a testament to our commitment to innovation in analytical testing. For all matrices, EPA 1633 provides a standardized and validated approach for PFAS monitoring.

SGS currently offers EPA 1633 analysis services at our fully accredited laboratories in Orlando, Sidney and Dayton.

SGS is your one stop for the capacity, expertise, facilities, and track record needed to provide fast and accurate analysis on PFAS and emerging contaminants analysis. We’re always here to help especially with reporting down to these low proposed PFAS MCLs!

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Could the world go PFAS-free? Proposal to ban ‘forever chemicals’ fuels debate

A European agency is considering sweeping restrictions on fluorinated chemicals used in jet engines, electric cars, refrigeration systems, semiconductors and many consumer products.

United States

EPA Adds Nine PFAS Chemicals to The Toxics Release Inventory Reporting List

On June 23, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule updating the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemical list to add nine more per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


New study raises alarm about ‘forever chemicals’ in remote populations

UWinnipeg’s Dr. Jean-Pierre Desforges, assistant professor in ecotoxicology and wildlife stress, has contributed to a study, which was recently published in the prestigious journal , showing that an estimated 92% of residents in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, have dangerous levels of PFAS in their body. These levels are a serious health risk and exceed newly established safe limits set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Pressure to crack down on exposure to PFAS mounts

So-called “forever chemicals” are back in headlines in Colorado after news broke of the chemicals showing up in the metro. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – known as PFAS — present in Colorado’s waters are gaining attention, but experts will tell you that’s not the only place these substances are lurking.


UConn researchers examine ‘forever chemical’ contamination in Long Island Sound

A UConn research team is currently diving into one aspect of sound health that continues to emerge as a threat: perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS. The group is testing New Haven Harbor for PFAs contamination.


‘Forever chemicals’ prompt new warning about eating fish from Minnesota stretch of Mississippi

State officials are recommending certain people avoid eating fish from two Twin Cities metro water bodies due to contamination from so-called “forever chemicals.” The new recommendations apply to the Mississippi River from the Ford Dam in St. Paul to the Hastings dam, known as Pool 2, as well as Lake Rebecca near Hastings.

North Carolina

More sources of PFAS pollution behind recent North Carolina fish advisories, SELC says

Recent North Carolina fish consumption warnings that some people should avoid eating any fish from portions of the Cape Fear River underscore the urgency for the state to enforce existing laws to stop toxic PFAS pollution from further contaminating water sources and fish and investigate more of North Carolina rivers with known and suspected PFAS pollution sources for safety, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center.


Congress seeks to spend more than $100 million to rid ‘forever chemicals’ from firefighters’ protective gear

A once-obscure health risk for firefighters in Philadelphia and across the United States is now a front-burner issue in Congress. U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and seven other congressional lawmakers have introduced legislation that calls for more than $100 million in federal funds to be spent on the research and development of firefighting turnout gear that does not contain PFAS.


Should you be worried about the ‘forever chemicals’ in Fort Worth’s water supply?

The city of Fort Worth, through a study, has uncovered some PFAS in the drinking water excuse me, and is believed to have gotten into the drinking water through firefighting foam.  the city of Fort Worth is suing the manufacturers of the firm. But the question here is can you get PFAS out of the drinking water?