Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
First applied to consumer goods nearly a century ago, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are pervasive, man-made chemicals linked to adverse human health effects. While these compounds have become indispensable building blocks of some of the most common household products, they are extremely versatile, difficult to destroy and bioaccumulate for long periods of time. As we learn more about potential impacts to human health, it’s important to understand how to treat and remove them from our environment and water sources.
CDM Smith has been on the front lines of researching and treating PFAS since 2007, when we began supporting European clients with groundwater projects. Since then, we’ve matured our practice and have completed hundreds of PFAS projects around the globe. We provide the full spectrum of services related to PFAS work, including sampling and analysis, exposure pathway assessments, risk communications and education, bench/pilot scale testing, full scale design and construction.
We have 19 active PFAS treatability and research projects underway, and we are working with utilities, the federal government and private industry to understand fate and transport, site characterizations and optimal treatment solutions. At the same time, we are breaking new ground in the evaluation and application of PFAS destruction.
CDM Smith is committed to staying in front of PFAS regulations and is proactively working with clients to develop effective and efficient ways to make their sites and water sources safe.
We are working on optimizing the upstream treatment technology, reducing the downstream waste generation, and then destroying the PFAS.