Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances also known as PFAS are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that have been used in consumer products around the world since the 1950s. PFAS are widespread and can be found in everyday products such as drinking water, soil, cookware, and multi-purpose packaging paper. Additionally, because of their persistence and bioaccumulation properties, these substances are considered ‘Forever Chemicals’ as their presence within the environment and methods to eradicate them remains unknown. As a result, humans, animals, and the environment becoming exposed to PFAS is quite likely. However, with the advancements of science and research, PFAS are now a highlighted concern as it regards to human health. Multiple scientific studies have shown the link between PFAS exposure and significant health effects such as low birth rates, heart attacks and cancer.
To tackle and circumvent health detriments caused by PFAS various regulatory governing bodies are implementing initiatives, control methods, preventative measures and bans as it relates to these forever chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced in March 2023 its proposed federal limits to eliminate Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to the lowest level tests can detect. The proposal has been regarded as a “Transformational change” and a “Historic Moment”; and is expected to reduce exposure to approximately 100 million Americans.
How are you effected?
Currently, several US States have passed laws to regulate PFAS in drinking water, however there are no mandated federal laws. This means that manufacturing and public water systems are not required to test for PFAS or take necessary steps in removing them out of water supplies prior to consumer purchases. To prohibit this, the EPA intends to finalize the regulation by the end of 2023. Nexreg is monitoring the status of these initiatives. Feel free to contact us if you need product consultation and updated chemical information.