Assessing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Presence and Distribution in the Stormwater Systems of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Coastal Communities


This interdisciplinary study investigates the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within two coastal municipalities in the Virginia Coastal Plain. Utilizing a field and laboratory approach, the research aims to assess the distribution and concentration of 30 PFAS compounds across multiple environmental receptors. Initial grab-sampling conducted across four distinct sites provided preliminary data on a wide range of PFAS, employing targeted analytical techniques to evaluate their presence. The significance of the study is underscored by the ecological and public health risks associated with PFAS contamination. Results from the analysis revealed variable concentrations of PFAS compounds across the sampled locations, suggesting a relationship between urban infrastructure, environmental justice areas, and PFAS distribution. These findings contribute to the existing body of knowledge on PFAS environmental behavior, risks, and management, highlighting the need for continued monitoring and research. Additionally, the study demonstrates the critical role of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing complex environmental health issues, providing a foundation for future research and targeted sampling strategies to mitigate PFAS risks in urban coastal settings.