Feeding the Waste Cycle: How PFAS ‘Disposal’ Perpetuates Contamination

Read the full story from the Environmental Working Group.

Current methods of managing waste from toxic “forever chemicals” don’t work – and in fact, perpetuate the cycle of contamination, according to peer-reviewed research by scientists from the Environmental Working Group.

In a study recently published in the journal Chemosphere, EWG scientists concluded that burning, discarding and flushing materials containing the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS do not effectively contain or destroy them but rather end up just returning either the same chemicals or their byproducts back into the environment. In other words, PFAS “disposal” is really just another step in the contamination cycle.

Associated journal article: Tasha Stoiber, Sydney Evans, Olga V. Naidenk (2020). “Disposal of products and materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): A cyclical problem.” Chemosphere 260, 127659. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127659.

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