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An Introduction to PFAS: Frequently Asked Questions Webinar

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1:30 PM


Dr. Jennifer Field, Oregon State University 
Dr. Christopher Higgins, Colorado School of Mines 
Dr. Rula Deeb and Dr. Jason Conder, Geosyntec

The presenters asked that the presentation is not posted because it is draft and will evolve over the next several months - once it's final, NEWMOA will provide a link to it here. Their work is funded by ESTCP (Environmental Security Technology Certification Program) - you can find information about the research ESTCP is sponsoring in the "Environmental Restoration" area at:   https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Program-Areas/Environmental-Restoration (look to the lefthand navigation).

PFOA and PFOS are perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, respectively and belong to the broader class of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been widely used for carpet and fabric protection, in food packaging ,and in metal plating, and have been included in products with familiar trade names Teflon, Gore-Tex, Stainmaster, and Scotchguard. In addition, PFAS were key components of aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) widely used for firefighting. 

This FAQs webinar provided a baseline understanding of PFAS and answered the following questions: 

- What are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)? 
- What are aqueous film forming foams (AFFF?) 
- What industrial sectors manufacture materials with PFAS? 
- Which environmental media should be sampled? 
- How do PFASs transport in the environment? 
- What is the fate of PFASs in the environment? 
- What remedial tools are available or effective for PFASs? 
- What are the human exposure pathways and health effects?
- What are the current regulatory issues? 


For more information, contact Jennifer Griffith at .



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