Groundwater and PFAS


NGWA supports legislation to create national response to PFAS crisis

May 2, 2019, 10:18 AM by Pat Levak
NGWA supports bill’s strong interagency framework.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation called “The Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act” on May 1 that would help address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The legislation was also introduced in the last Congress.

The bill contains provisions that, if enacted, would:

  • Direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a program to provide federal support and technical assistance to communities that have detected emerging contaminants in their water supply
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive database of resources to assist states and water stakeholders with testing for emerging contaminants
  • Direct the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services to convene an interagency working group to improve federal efforts to identify and respond to emerging contaminants
  • Direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop an interagency federal research strategy to improve the identification, analysis, and treatment of emerging contaminants.

NGWA is a supporter of the legislation because of the strong interagency federal framework that would be created and because of the resources that would be made available to federal, state, and local communities affected.

“The bipartisan leadership shown by Senators Portman and Shaheen in introducing this legislation takes a meaningful step toward addressing the challenges posed by PFAS contamination,” says Lauren Schapker, NGWA’s director of government affairs.

The legislation is also supported by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the Water Quality Association.

NGWA Guidance Document


NGWA published Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, a guidance document on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The guidance document, created by 36 NGWA volunteers who spent 1100 hours on it over 12 months, is a comprehensive eight-part piece exploring the potentially hazardous, and widely discussed, compounds in groundwater and soil. NGWA published the document to identify the known science and knowledge related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds. It summarizes the fate, transport, remediation, and treatment of PFAS, as well as current technologies, methods, and field procedures.



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seth-kelloggSeth Kellogg, PG, a senior geologist at Geosyntec Consultants,​ was elected to the board of the Scientist and Engineers Section of National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in 2016.  She has 25 years of experience in evaluating complex contaminant hydrogeology and groundwater-surface water interactions, including large groundwater and sediment sites in New York and New Jersey.  As per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have emerged as environmental concerns, she has been working with NGWA to advance the industry’s understanding and implementation of best practices.  She has presented and published on the technical and regulatory challenges of PFAS contamination, including co-authoring NGWA’s “Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice” (NGWA 2018). In May 2018, Ms. Kellogg was recommended by members of the NGWA Board of Directors and to represent NGWA at the United State Environmental Protection Agency National Leadership Summit on PFAS.  Ms. Kellogg’s leadership on PFAS has also included several presentations educating industry professionals on the fragmented PFAS regulatory framework, PFAS characterization challenges, and the complexities of PFAS fate and transport.  She is currently serving as a program advisor and facilitator for NGWA’s PFAS in Groundwater Workshop (August 2018).

lauren-schapkerLauren Schapker, NGWA Government Affairs Director manages the Association’s government affairs program focusing on legislative and regulatory impacts around a number of key issues, including PFAS and other emerging contaminants, infrastructure, natural resources, and energy. In addition to policy, Lauren also oversees the sweeping grassroots and political engagement efforts of NGWA. Prior to joining NGWA, she served as director of government and political affairs for the Portland Cement Association, where she focused on energy and infrastructure issues.  Schapker also spent several years at Xenophon Strategies, a boutique public affairs firm, where she focused on representing local governments and municipalities with transportation and infrastructure needs.​​