California Issues Mandatory PFAS Testing Requirements for Chrome Plating Facilities


2020 PFAS Mandatory Testing Requirements

PFAS or Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances is a hot topic and is gaining interest not only in different industries but also in the media. It has led to a rise in environmental regulations dealing with PFAS. As a result, the metal finishing industry has been put in the hot seat as a potential major contributor to PFAS pollution.

As of October 2019 mandatory environmental assessments have been ordered at hundreds of California chrome plating facilities (order WQ 2019-0045-DWQ). Preliminary work plan procedures for facility assessment must be submitted to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and are due by January 31st, 2020. The environmental assessments can be complicated, requiring screeings, samples and detailed reports, so it is recommended to work together with a credible environmental consulting firm.

This is an explosive issue with MFASC Executive Director Bryan Leiker being on the phone dealing with questions on and off for the last month. We have many consulting companies contacting us. Also, Mr. Leiker is meeting with the Water Board in Sacramento and they are set to have an important discussion at the January 16th board meeting.


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