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EA to Provide Support for Treatment of Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water Systems

Clarifying Tank in a Public Drinking Water SystemHunt Valley, Maryland (22 January 2024)—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) has selected EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC (EA), a leading provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, for a task order to provide technical assistance during the identification and implementation of cost-effective and sustainable treatment technologies to address contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in drinking water, with an emphasis on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The work is being completed in support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law/Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (BIL/IIJA). Awarded under EA’s General Services Administration OASIS Small Business Pool 4 contract, the task order includes a 1-year base period and four 1-year options with a total not to exceed value of more than $20 million.

The EA Team will collaborate with ORD, public drinking water systems (PDWSs), and other stakeholders to achieve the objectives of this task order, which include providing technical support and generating data to inform the selection or optimization of treatment processes, developing best practices guides, and creating computer-based cost and performance estimating tools.

“With the expectation that EPA may finalize the maximum contaminant levels for a subset of PFAS, including perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), next year, affected public drinking water utilities will be seeking innovative ways to integrate effective PFAS treatment technologies that offer sustainable operational life-cycle costs,” said Paul Caprio, P.G., Vice President and Director, Chemicals and Contaminants of Emerging Concern. “EA has established itself as a leading provider of PFAS characterization and remediation services to the federal government, having secured more than $175 million in PFAS-related contracts and task orders nationwide over the past 5 years.”

Vice President and Task Order Project Manager Jason McNew, P.E., and EA subject matter experts will work with PDWSs that have already installed, are installing, or are considering installation of treatment infrastructure using BIL/IIJA funds designated for CECs. These systems, which may be located throughout the nation and possibly U.S. territories, are designed to remove these contaminants. The task order is anticipated to involve design and implementation of pilot-scale treatment systems, including application of demonstrated technologies as well as evaluation of novel treatment technologies; collection and analysis of historical and ongoing operational data; and monitoring and reporting on pilot- or full-scale operations. Standard operating procedures and training will be developed for PDWS staff.

Under this task, CECs are defined as chemicals in water that are associated with a risk or potential risk to mammalian or environmental health. PFAS are a broad class of fluorinated anthropogenic chemicals that include, but are not limited to, PFOA and PFOS. More than 9,000 synthetic fluorinated chemicals are known to have been used in a wide variety of manufacturing processes, consumer products, and specialty applications by commercial, military, and other sectors.

The firm has a 50-year track record in the environmental services industry, more than 17 years of supporting EPA environmental investigation and remediation projects, and over a decade of experience and recognized expertise working on a range of CECs. EA scientists and engineers possess an unwavering passion for the environment and advancing the knowledge and science of emerging contaminants.

About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

EA is a 100% employee-owned public benefit corporation that provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 650 professionals through a network of 27 commercial offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In our 50th year of business, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources. For more information about EA, visit www.eaest.com.

Amy Lambert
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC
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