MEL can help you test for PFAS contamination in your soil and/or water.

No lab in Maine is accredited to analyze for PFAS yet, so we’ve partnered with a certified lab in Massachusetts.

Once you decide if and how you want to go ahead, we’ll provide the necessary sample containers and instructions – which can be picked up at our lab, or we’ll mail them to you ($10 fee) – the bottles are included in the price. Please note that payment is not expected until samples are received.  We will coordinate delivery of your samples to the sub-contracting lab.

If requested, we can submit the results to the Maine Drinking Water Program in a report format that satisfies DWP compliance rules (for Public Water Systems).

There are a couple of options for analysis, depending on the number of compounds you want analyzed in your drinking water or soil.

PFAS Analysis of Drinking Water Method Price per sample (Feb. 2022)
6 compounds - These are the 6 regulated compounds for public water systems- PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFNA, PFHpA, and PFDA.  The sum of these 6 PFAS cannot exceed 20 ppt (parts per trillion). EPA 537.1 $220.
18 compounds EPA 537.1 $250
28 compounds (required for possible DEP reimbursement) EPA 537.1 - modified with isotope dilution $275
Blank analysis EPA 537.1 $ 110

 

PFAS Analysis of Soil Method Price per sample (Feb. 2022)
4-9 compounds Lab Specific SOP – isotope dilution $ 330
24-28 compounds Lab Specific SOP – isotope dilution $ 360
Blank analysis Lab Specific SOP – isotope dilution $ 110

FYI – Blank analysis helps identify the source if PFAS is detected in your sample. It is also required by the DEP for consideration of possible reimbursement. Given the cost, you can certainly waive this option… If interested, we can provide you with a detailed explanation about the significance of blank analysis.

Resources

The State of Maine has a lot of groups working on PFAS recommendations.  Most of the information overlaps but there are some small differences in some directives at this time, such as what pens may be used for sample labeling, etc.  Be aware of what user group you belong to when choosing a set of instructions-- private well water tester, public water system, municipal sludge generator or farmer, etc.

FOR PRIVATE WELLS - Your friend is the MAINE DEP

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) PFOA and PFOS webpage: https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/

Maine DEP -- PFAS sampling for homeowners.Includes info about possible DEP reimbursement of testing costs.

Maine DEP Well-water request formIf you live near a DEP-licensed sludge or septage land application site in Maine, you may use this form to request that the DEP sample your well for PFAS. 

How to Read Your PFAS Lab Results (Maine DEP): https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/PFAS-interpret-lab-report.pdf

How high is too high? Maine PFAS Screening Levels (Maine DEP 2021): https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/Maine-PFAS-Screening-Levels-Rev-6.28.21.pdf

 

FOR PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS - Your authority is the Maine CDC's Maine Drinking Water Program

Maine Drinking Water Program PFAS:  https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/dwp/pws/pfas.shtml

 

FOR MUNICIPAL SLUDGE GENERATORS - Your authority is the Maine DEP

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) PFOA and PFOS webpage: https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/

 

FOR FARMERS, Your friend is the Maine DEP and the Department of Agriculture

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) PFOA and PFOS webpage: https://www.maine.gov/dep/spills/topics/pfas/

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry PFAS page: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ag/pfas/index.shtml

UMaine Extension "Guide to Investigating PFAS Risk on Your Farm" (new website 2/8/22)

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) PFAS Resources: https://www.mofga.org/pfas/

 

 

 

 

Sampling Methodology

Maine DEP Sampling Guidance

Maine CDC Sampling Guidance

For ALL PFAS Samples:

  • Samples must use bottles supplied by the lab. Call us and we'll ship them to you.
  • Avoid contaminating your samples - read guidance above first!
  • PLEASE NOTE: We cannot receive PFAS samples on Fridays or before holidays.

Sample Requirements

Wastewater/Drinking Water:

Container: bottles from lab
Hold Time: 14 days
Preservation: ≤6° C - Use ICE for chilling!

Solids:

Container: bottles from lab
Hold Time: 14 days
Preservation: ≤6° C - Use ICE for chilling!