PFAS Action Plan

This webpage provides information on the development and implementation of Nevada’s PFAS Action Plan.  All meetings, documents, and correspondence will be available on this webpage throughout the plan's development process.

 

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of emerging contaminants consisting of fluorinated compounds that are more than several thousand chemicals. Due to the widespread use of some PFAS in consumer and commercial applications including firefighting foams and stain repellants for clothing and carpets, these chemicals are being detected in drinking water supplies, groundwater, surface water, landfill leachate, and air. In light of new scientific information on these shemicals' health effects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim updated Health Advisory for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) of 0.004 parts per trillion (ppt) and for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) of 0.02 parts per trillion (ppt) in 2022, replacing those issued in 2016. EPA published a PFAS Strategic Roadmap in 2021, which lays out likely further actions from federal regulatory agencies.

Assembly Bill (AB) 97, passed in 2021, called for the establishment of a working group to study issues relating to environmental contamination resulting from PFAS in Nevada. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) addressed this requirement through the development of a Working Group composed of representatives of interested state and local public agencies, labor organizations, community organizations and trade associations to support the development of the PFAS Action Plan for the State of Nevada.

The PFAS Working Group is tasked with:

  • Evaluating the potential for environmental contamination in the State resulting from PFAS;
  • Determining the location and extent of potentially significant discharges or releases of PFAS in the State;
  • Compiling information relating to existing federal, State and local actions and identify data gaps to monitor, contain and clean up environmental contamination resulting from PFAS;
  • Determining the potential points of exposure to PFAS for residents of the State; and
  • Development of recommendations for state and local action to prevent releases, monitor drinking water sources, and contain and clean up environmental contamination resulting from PFAS.

Working Group Membership:

The PFAS Working Group is made up of representatives from:

  • Academia (UNR, UNLV, DRI)
  • Aviation (Clark County Dept. of Aviation, Reno – Tahoe Airport Authority)
  • Certified Environmental Managers
  • Certified Drinking Water/Wastewater Operators (from 9 of 17 counties)
  • County Government (CCWRD, CCRFCD, SNHD, WCHD, WRWC)
  • Contractors (Broadbent, GHD, Resource Concepts, Inc.)
  • Environmental Groups (Sierra Club, Nevada Conservation League)
  • Federal Agencies (DoD, USGS)
  • Labor Organizations (Nevada Mining Assoc., PFFN)
  • Laboratory Community (Eurofins, DRI)
  • Municipal Government (SNWA, TMWA)
  • Nevada Air National Guard
  • State Agencies (NDEP, NDOT, NDOA, DCNR, DHHS)
  • Trade Groups (Air & Waste Mgmt., American Chem Council, Nv Water Env. Assoc., NvRWA, Western States Petroleum Assoc.)

Membership in the PFAS Working Group is open to all interested persons.  If you would like to participate, please communicate with the PFAS Action Plan Contract Monitor using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

PFAS Action Plan Timeline:

The entire Nevada PFAS Action Plan Project Schedule can be viewed here.

PFAS Action Plan:

AB 97/Nevada PFAS Action Plan Cross-walk
AB 97 RequirementAction Plan Location

Evaluate the potential for environmental contamination in the State resulting from PFAS.

Potential for PFAS contamination from:

2.2.1 – POTW/WWTP

2.2.2 – Land application of biosolids

2.2.3 – Industrial sources

2.2.4 - AFFF

Determine the location of potentially significant discharges or releases of PFAS in the State.

PFAS monitoring and detections in:

2.1.1 – EPA and NDEP sampling data

2.1.2/2.1.4  –Published research sampling data

2.1.3 – DoD sampling data

Determine the potential sources of exposure to PFAS for residents of the State.

Potential PFAS exposure from:

3.1.1 – Drinking water

3.1.2 – Surface water

3.1.3 – Ground water

3.1.4 – Ambient air and dust

Compile information relating to existing federal, state, and local actions to monitor, contain and clean up environmental contamination resulting from PFAS.

 

PFAS management in:

4. – Other states

5. – At the Federal level

Develop recommendations for state and local action to monitor, contain and clean-up environmental contamination resulting from PFAS.

 

 

 

Recommendations to 

Monitor:

6.1 – PFAS monitoring

6.5 – PFAS analytical methods

Contain: 

6.2 – PFAS release reporting

6.3 – PFAS release response

6.4 – Public outreach and communication

Clean-up:

6.6 – PFAS treatment techniques

 

Documents for Review:

The Working Group was asked to review PFAS action plans from three other states and provide best and worst practices contained therein. The plans being reviewed are:

PFAS Papers:

          EPA:

          Nevada:

           Other:

Contact the PFAS Working Group:

Use the link above to ask questions of, or provide comments to the Nevada PFAS Working Group.

 

Question - please contact:
Michael Antoine, PFAS Action Plan Contract Monitor
Bureau of Safe Drinking Water
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, NV 89701
mantoine [at] ndep.nv.gov
(O) 775-687-9490 

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