Category: Pollutants

Health Effects of PFAS

Human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a growing public health concern. While it is difficult to demonstrate that these substances directly cause health conditions in humans, scientific studies have shown that exposure to some PFAS in the environment may be linked to harmful health effects in humans and animals. More research is …

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Human Exposure to PFAS

People can be exposed to PFAS from a variety of different sources. Most people are exposed to PFAS from drinking water and eating food that contains these chemicals. Drinking water can be a source of exposure in communities where these chemicals have contaminated water supplies. Such contamination is typically localized and associated with a specific …

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Sources of PFAS

The number and variety of PFAS sources present considerable challenges for cleanup efforts and prevention measures. Major sources of PFAS contamination in drinking water, groundwater, soils, and air include: Fire training/fire response sites Industrial sites Landfills Wastewater treatment plants and resulting biosolids Fire training/fire response sites Aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) have been used for many …

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PFAS Basics

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of synthetic chemicals used in a variety of everyday materials, including nonstick cookware, carpet, textiles, high-performance outdoor gear, coated paper and cardboard products, some firefighting foams, and a variety of cleaning products, paints, varnishes, and sealants. These compounds repel oil, water, grease, and stains, resist temperature …

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Per- and Polyfluoroakyl Substances (PFAS)

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of man-made chemicals used in a variety of everyday materials. PFAS compounds repel oil, water, grease, and stains, resist temperature extremes, and reduce friction.PFAS can be found in air, water, and soil. They are very stable and can stay in people‚Äôs bodies and the environment for …

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Air Pollutants

The Clean Air Act identifies six common air pollutants that are found all over the United States and can injure health, harm the environment or cause property damage. These pollutants include: Carbon Monoxide Lead Nitrogen Dioxide Ozone Particulate Matter (PM10) and (PM2.5) Sulfur Dioxide The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established National Ambient …

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