PFA’s also known as PFC’s are polyfluoroalkyl and perfluorinated chemicals or substances such as perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that are toxic to humans and have been used by industries across Michigan without proper oversight for decades. Once ingested these chemicals stay in the body.
Documented side effects of exposure include:
- Developmental issues in fetuses and infants
- Difficulty conceiving
- High Cholesterol
- Hormonal interference
- Immune system damage
- Increased risk for cancer – specifically kidney and testicular cancers
- Negative effects in growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Thyroid problems
- Ulcerative colitis
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals, according the EPA. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time.
PFAS can be found in:
- Food packaged in PFAS-containing materials, processed with equipment that used PFAS, or grown in PFAS-contaminated soil or water.
- Commercial household products, including stain- and water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products (e.g., Teflon), polishes, waxes, paints, cleaning products, and fire-fighting foams (a major source of groundwater contamination at airports and military bases where firefighting training occurs).
- Workplace, including production facilities or industries (e.g., chrome plating, electronics manufacturing or oil recovery) that use PFAS.
Drinking water, typically localized and associated with a specific facility (e.g., manufacturer, landfill, wastewater treatment plant, firefighter training facility).
- Living organisms, including fish, animals and humans, where PFAS have the ability to build up and persist over time.
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