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        Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFOA and PFOS)

                                              

 

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctance sulfonate), are synthetic (man-made) chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment. PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals that are part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).  PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals.  They have been used to make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food and other materials (e.g., cookware) that are resistant to water, grease or stains.  They are also used for firefighting at airfields and in a number of industrial processes.

Basic Information about PFOA and PFOS

PFOA/PFOS Health Advisory Fact Sheet Issued by EPA (2016)

PFOA/PFOS WV Health Advisory

Provisional Health Information regarding PFOA (2009)

PFOA/PFOS Informational Links- (EPA, States, C-8 Health Project)

 

 


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