Category: Pollutants

PFAS Workgroup

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) formed a workgroup in spring 2019 to evaluate the potential for environmental contamination in Utah from Per- and Polyfluoroakyl Substances (PFAS). PFAS are used in many consumer products and industrial processes to repel oil, water and grease, reduce friction, and resist temperature extremes. These compounds do not break down …

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Health Effects of PFAS

Concerns about the potential public health hazards of human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to increase as scientists learn more about these chemicals. The large number of PFAS compounds–over 4,000–present considerable challenges. The available toxicity and epidemiology data are currently limited to the evaluation of only a few chemicals. Different PFAS compounds …

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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

PFAS are present in many consumer products. The number and variety of PFAS sources present considerable challenges for cleanup efforts and prevention measures. The 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 …

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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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