Emerging Contaminants of Concern: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Because these chemicals are prevalent in manufacturing and consumer products and are resistant to degradation, learn how they could impact your business and the status of emerging regulations.

PFASs are a family of synthetic compounds containing thousands of chemicals formed from carbon (C) chains with fluorine (F) attached to these chains. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) were the most common PFAS produced in the United States. PFOS and PFOA are used in a wide variety of industrial and commercial products such as textiles, leathers, aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), metal plating, photo lithography, semi-conductors, paper and food packaging, coating additives, cleaning products and pesticides.

PFOS and PFOA are persistent in the environment and resistant to typical environmental degradation processes. As a result, they are widely distributed and are found in soil, sediments, groundwater, air and tissue across the United States. According to U.S. EPA, PFOA and PFOS pose potential adverse impacts to the environment and human health due to the bio accumulative and mobile nature of the compounds.

Join FET at Environment 2018 on Wednesday, October 24th as Taryn McKnight, TestAmerica Laboratories, discusses Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substances and how they can impact your business.

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