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.

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.

2023 MEL PFAS Pricing

Price
Field Blanks (no hold & wait option):
same PFAS list as sample $175
NON - Drinking water samples (WW, SW, GW):
24-28 PFAS compounds $375
4 - 9 PFAS compounds $340
Soils and Sludge (sample > 15% total solids):
24-28 PFAS compounds $440
4 - 9 PFAS compounds $410
Drinking Water
EPA 533 - full list (25 compounds) $340
EPA 533 - ME-6 list (or NH-4, NH-9 lists) $310
EPA 537.1 - full list (18 compounds) $310
EPA 537.1 - short list (4-9 compounds) $275
EPA 537.1 modified isotope dilution, full list (MDEP) $340

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

Click on "Data and Guidance" for pdf downloads on sampling drinking water and soils.

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!

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!