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 expects to organize other webinars and meetings on PFAS. Information about all future and past events organized by the NEWMOA Waste Site Cleanup Program can be found on the Events page.
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 .