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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PFAS is the umbrella category for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, including PFOA (perfluorooctanoate ammonium), PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), and GenX, a trade name used by DuPont, and its spinoff company Chemours. GenX refers to their processing aid technology, which includes hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) dimer acid and the ammonium salt HFPO dimer acid. Many of these chemicals, used in the manufacturing of non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, and stain-resistant or water-resistant fabrics, never break down in the environment, according to the CDC, and accumulate in the body over time. Substances in these groups are aptly nicknamed “forever chemicals.”
The bioaccumulation of PFAS doesn’t only affect people. PFAS can also be found in fish and animals, which adds to a person’s bio-load when these organisms are consumed as food. Fire fighter training facilities and airports are a major source of these pollutants, according to the EPA, due to the use of PFAS in foam-retardant used to fight oil-based fires.
The EPA also says the most consistent findings concerning PFOA and PFOS include higher cholesterol levels in exposed populations, and “reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in animals.” PFAS are also indicated in lower birth weights and immune system dysfunctions, though that data is limited. Specifically, the substances have been linked to testicular cancer, kidney cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, and pre-eclampsia.