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What are PFASs?
PFSAs, often known as Teflon and Scotchgard, have made their way into our water supply. These convenient chemicals seemingly provided a handy solution that soon was found to be toxic. Repelling water, oil, and stains, PFSAs have found their way into a variety of household products. From wrappers to sofa fabrics and carpets, PFSAs are also used by the military to stop explosive oil and fuel fires dead in their tracks. While an important component to the military, PFSAs are dangerous in their internal makeup and throughout the consumer market.
The Dangers Of PFSAs
For many years, PFSAs have been known to be hazardous to people. They seep into water supplies and can be breathed in and ingested through food. PFSAs have been linked to cancer and birth defects.
While the threats of PFSAs are well known, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have seemed to overlook the dangers of these chemicals. The contamination of PFSAs is widespread and detrimental. Tests have shown that PFSAs are 24 times more present in public drinking water then is being reported by the EPA and DoD.
It is estimated by the Environmental Working Group that PFSAs have exposed as many 110 million Americans. The military is especially guilty of not detecting PFSAs which it uses regularly at its defense sites. More pollution of PFSAs is present than the military lets on.
The EPA has, however, estimated that 33 states have PFSA contamination in their water. This is in addition to the more than 660 U.S. defense sites that could also be operating with contaminated water from using PFSAs in firefighting foam concentrations. As many as 36 drinking water systems in 90 groundwater sites of the military are contaminated with PFSAs.
Even more disturbing is the idea that these studies only represent a small fraction of the people that are actually affected by PFSAs in their water supply. The EPA has come out and said that it is taking steps towards identifying PFSAs as “hazardous substances.”
Why Are PFSAs Harmful?
PFSAs were developed almost by accident. In 1938, a frozen block of refrigerant became a slippery and waxy mass. DuPont began manufacturing it as Teflon a decade after its discovery. A short 10 years later 3M introduced the Scotchgard brand in 1954 including PFSAs in its makeup.
The PFSA chemicals are extremely strong and resilient. They contain a unique structure that prevents them from breaking down, making them quite effective. PFSAs are unused in a variety of products based on its aggressive and rugged molecular structure.
The EPA has identified that PFSA exposure in water can cause a range of effects on the body including development and reproductive toxicity as well as cancer and liver toxicity.
Solving the PFSA Problem
While it seems that PFSAs are here to stay, the EPA has taken the first steps toward regulating these chemicals and limiting their use. It introduced a first draft risk assessment in 2005, asking the industry to voluntarily stop making PFSA related products by 2015. This included the firefighting foam used by the military.
No one knows today how dangerous the exposure to PFSAs really is. There has been no limit set on what is an acceptable level in water supplies. The government has provided some guidelines for PFSA limits in water but have not created enforceable laws regarding the chemicals.
3M did pull its Scotchgard product from the market in 2000 after asserting its dangers to its employees. This caused a reaction with the EPA that finally began to investigate the risks associated with PFSAs to human health as well as the environment. Blood tests for PFSAs became public as a result.
By 2013, the concern of PFSAs was real, and the EPA created standards for acceptable limits that were more stringent from the 2009 levels. By 2016, new significantly lower PFSAs levels were established. These guidelines require a threshold of one-eighth the previously allowable limit. This equates to 70 parts-per-trillion of chemicals or a single drop in a pool that is Olympic size.
Today, this standard is still voluntary with no enforceable action. This still allows companies, water utilities, and others to use PFSAs and dispose of them as they wish. The DoD also doesn’t have to adhere to the standards, making it possible that you are ingesting these harmful chemicals with each glass of tap water you drink. The effects are unknown, and the levels in the water supply could be extremely harmful.
Eliminate PFSAs In Your Drinking Water
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