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PFAS Explained

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) have gained significant attention due to their widespread presence in the environment, and potential health risks. This page aims to provide an overview of what PFAS chemicals are, their sources.

What are PFAS Chemicals?

PFAS chemicals are a group of man-made chemicals characterized by their strong carbon-fluorine bonds. These chemicals have been used in various industrial and consumer products for decades due to their water and oil repellent properties, heat resistance, and non-stick characteristics. Common PFAS compounds include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).

Sources of PFAS Contamination:

PFAS chemicals have been used in a wide range of products, including firefighting foams, non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and food packaging materials. As a result, these chemicals have contaminated soil, water, air, and even wildlife in numerous locations worldwide. Industrial sites, military bases, and areas near manufacturing facilities are particularly susceptible to PFAS contamination.