Scientists from UES, Inc. are working with the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, 711 Human Performance Wing to advance environmental science by developing a better understanding of drinking water contamination with local and international significance.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency lowered the health advisory level of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which is a significant concern in drinking water quality both on and near military installations, especially where legacy aqueous firefighting foam were used.
Our scientists worked to understand how these concentrations vary over time by studying well water from Pease Air Force Base and a military installation in Alaska, over an 8-month long period. These compounds are known to be persistent, and studying their effects on the environment will continue indefinitely. This research increases our level of understanding for future PFAS sampling and remediation procedures, especially where time and money constraints are of concern.