PFAS Resources

PFAS: “Forever Chemicals”

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS refers to a large group of over 3000 man-made compounds that include Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). These chemicals have been used in industrial and consumer products since the 1950s including non-stick products like Teflon, stain and water-resistant fabrics and textiles, cosmetics, polishes, grease-resistant food wrappers and fire-fighting foams.

These chemicals are persistent in the environment and can bioaccumulate in animals and people over time. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be testing groundwater sources across the state in 2020, results should be available in late 2020, early 2021. Below is a collection of resources from across the web that can be used to help answer questions that may arise. This is just a starting point to get acquainted with PFAS.

Websites:

Basic Information on PFAS – EPA

PFAS Central

PFAS-Free Products – PFAS Central

PFAS Chemicals – Environmental Working Group

PDFs:

PFAS Action Team Initial Report – Pennsylvania

Contaminants of Emerging Concern: What’s on the Horizon? – Sarah Zack, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant & University of Illinois Extension

PFAS Exposure Infographic – University of Michigan

PFAS Health Effects Infographic – University of Michigan

Fluorinated Alternatives: Myths versus Facts – Green Science Policy Institute

Regulations, Guidance, and Advisories for PFAS – Interstate Technology Regulatory Council

Graphics:

PFAS structure
From the Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team Report 2019
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
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