PFAS, short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances consist of thousands of man-made chemicals, many which are found in products like waterproof cosmetics, certain food packaging, waterproof clothing, older non-stick cookware, carpeting, some firefighting foam such as AFFF, short for Aqueous Film Forming Foam, and some firefighting turnout gear.
Research has found, PFAS exposure increases risk of developing cancer and other debilitating medical illnesses in humans. To date, over 700 U.S. military sites, active and former, have or are suspected of having elevated levels of PFAS in ground and or drinking water sources. Additionally, PFAS contamination has been found within municipal communities exposing millions of residents to toxic 'forever' chemicals. PFAS is considered 'forever' because the substances may remain in the human body for decades.
List of proposed PFAS legislation awaiting action in Congress
Collection of Information Regarding Firefighting Foam and PFAS
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Comprised of both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the PFAS Task Force is working to urgently address the public health threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to better protect communities from the harmful effects of these dangerous chemicals.