The cost for analysis can be quite costly. We are currently working in our lab network (Enthalpy Analytical LLC) to be able to offer a low cost screening test for concerned residential customers. This test will be ready to launch this week. The cost will be $149 for analysis, will provide PFOA, PFOS, and PFBS values. This quick screen will help to determine if further action must be taken.
Please feel free to reach me directly at 989.772.5088 ext 14608.
Sarah Mack, Business Development Director, Enthalpy Analytical LLC dba Prism Analytical Technologies.
I work with dozens of community groups fighting PFAS drinking water contamination and I have a few things to share:
(1) When testing, there are a lot of different tests for PFAS (The family of 3,000+ per and poly fluoroalkyl substances). You want to make sure you are using at least EPA's method 537. As you know if can be VERY expensive, so you want to make sure you use a good lab -- I would recommend looking at Vermont's list of consultants See: http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wmp/documents/consult.lst_.2015.pdf
(2) Oftentimes you can get a "wholesale" rate with a lab if you are going to do a bunch of tests for a consolidated price.
(3) Working with an academic partner means that they can often do the tests pro bono as part of a study and/or interpret the results for the community which can be helpful. However, it can take longer. See: Bennington College
(4) The DOD, the State, or the EPA should really be doing the testing. They have been lots of places. Where are you located? Organize your community to be sure that everyone can get the testing they need.
(4) You are not alone! Learn more and join the National PFAS contamination Coalition at https://pfasproject.net/join/
Let me know if you have any questions -- 802-922-4780 firstname.lastname@example.org
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