Emerging Contaminants

Navigating the Ever-Evolving Scene of Emerging Contaminants

As the USEPA identifies emerging contaminants of concern through the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR), as public concern heightens, and as analytical methods advance, the regulatory environment also evolves. From perchlorate to 1,4-dioxane to per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) – we know that what you need most is a partner who can help you navigate the challenges specific to your project, particularly in this time of uncertain and changing regulations.

At GeoInsight, we are focused on our work in New England. And recently, New England has been on the forefront of regulating emerging contaminants and has where several large projects with PFAS impacts have been identified. This has given us the ability to talk one-on-one with regulators we’ve worked with for decades to better understand their current concerns about these emerging contaminants as well as what they believe will be the concerns next addressed. Our goal is for you to have confidence that we have our “ear to the ground” and can help you understand the evolving regulatory landscape and implement practical, strategic solutions that work for your project today, and tomorrow.

Specialized Sampling Procedures and Laboratory Analyses

With so much in flux, employing the appropriate field sampling procedures and selecting the right analytical method is critical when sampling for emerging contaminants.  We know you need a team that is experienced and understands the benefits and limitations of each analytical approach.

Complex Chemistry

By definition, emerging contaminants aren’t well understood. At GeoInsight, we are committed to the professional development of our staff – which means our team has an up-to-date understanding of the occurrence, chemistry, fate/transport and unique sampling, analytical and data validation requirements of emerging contaminants including 1,4-dioxane and PFAS.  Several of our staff routinely present at local and national conferences on topics related to emerging contaminants.

Forensic Analysis

We understand that a detailed analysis of potential on- and off-site sources should be used as part of each emerging contamination investigation to evaluate potential contribution from other sources. Our team also can compare “fingerprints” of contamination from sources and identify separate source areas from each other.