PFAS Source Evaluation and Reduction Requirements Survey
The Department is requiring all industrial dischargers and significant indirect users to complete a survey as a first step to investigate discharges of PFAS that could potentially (1) cause impacts to surface water and/or (2) impact the management of biosolids. This initial screening will involve a review of permittees' current and past practices that may be sources of PFAS. At some point in the near future, it will also be necessary to investigate probable sources, reduce/eliminate the sources found (such as product substitution, operational controls, or treatment), and take other actions to protect surface water and sludge quality.
NJPDES Category B and Category L Permittees
On March 17, 2021 the DWQ sent a Request for Information letter to NJPDES Discharge to Surface Water Permittees (Category B) and NJPDES Significant Indirect User Permittees (Category L). Below is an FAQ document which may help permittees.
Based on requests received, the Department has determined that it is appropriate to provide another 30 day extension to the Request for Information, dated March 17, 2021. The final deadline for completion and certification of the PFAS survey is now June 16, 2021.
A Request for Information letter, which includes requirements for PFAS monitoring, was sent on August 18, 2021. A generic version of the letter is attached below as well as a list of the facilities that received the letter.
The Department created a Frequently Asked Questions document in reference to the Request for Information dated August 18, 2021.
Delegated Local Agencies
On April 22, 2021 the DWQ sent a Request for Information letter to all Delegated Local Agencies. It is the responsibility of each DLA to require the survey be completed by its significant indirect users. Responses must be submitted to DWQ according to the date identified in the letter.
Based on requests received, the Department has determined that it is appropriate to provide a 30 day extension to the Request for Information, dated April 22, 2021. The final deadline for completion and compilation of the PFAS survey data is now August 20, 2021.
Survey Questions for PFAS Evaluation
Attached below is a courtesy copy of the survey which will allow permittees the opportunity to see the survey questions and gather responses prior to accessing the survey through the link provided in the Request for Information. It is critical, however, that the permittees submit their responses through the link to the survey as provided in the email from the Division of Water Quality. All other replies (i.e., through pdfs, scanned copies, etc.) will not be accepted and will be deemed noncompliant with the Request for Information. Furthermore, below is an FAQ document which may help.
For questions please contact DWQ via email at email@example.com.