Read the full story in Environmental Factor.
As science on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) develops, NIEHS continually plays a substantive role.
A group of more than 9,000 manmade chemicals, PFAS have been used for decades in a variety of industrial and consumer products. Now found in drinking water, soil, and dust, researchers estimate they can be detected in 98% of Americans.
PFAS stay in the environment, rather than breaking down, due to chemical bonds within the molecules that are hard to split.