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Forever Chemical

  • Category
    Ecology and Environment
  • Published
    14th Jul, 2023

Context

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has found that nearly half of the tap water in the United States is estimated to contain one or more PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances), also known as "forever chemicals." 

What are Forever Chemicals?

  • PFAS, or forever chemicals, are highly persistent synthetic chemicals used in a wide range of industrial and consumer products.
  • PFAS are a group of more than 12,000 types of chemicals that are known to persist in the environment for long periods, hence their nickname "forever chemicals."
  • They have long-lasting properties, resist degradation, and can accumulate in the environment and the human body.
  • PFAS contamination of water, soil, and food sources is a major concern.
  • Potential health risks:
    • developmental issues
    • liver damage
    • immune system disorders
    • hormone disruption
    • certain types of cancer
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