PFOA and PFOS are perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, respectively and belong to the broader class of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals have been widely used to make carpet and fabric protection and in food packaging, and have been included in products with the familiar trade names Teflon, Gore-Tex, Stainmaster, and Scotchguard. In addition, PFAS were key components of aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) used for firefighting. Several states in the northeast have sites where drinking water is impacted above EPA's 70 parts-per-trillion health advisory level for PFOA and PFOS (combined). In response, NEWMOA has undertaken several activities, including:
NEWMOA is currently organizing one-day technical workshops that will be held in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in March and/or April 2017. NEWMOA workshops are open to government officials, the consulting community, academics, and others.
State, Interstate, and Federal PFAS Websites:
Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC)
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTWMO)
For more information, contact Jennifer Griffith at .