PFAS & Emerging Contaminants
First applied to consumer goods nearly a century ago, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are pervasive, man-made chemicals linked to adverse human health effects. These compounds have become indispensable building blocks of some of the most common household products, like non-stick cookware, waterproof fabrics, paints, and polishes.
PFAS compounds are especially troubling because of their unique chemical properties. Both hydrophobic (water-repellent) and hydrophilic (water soluble), they are extremely versatile and bioaccumulate for long periods of time. This means that even at very low concentrations, they can pose a significant risk due to the fact that they linger in the bloodstream.
Working with the CDM Smith Bellevue Research and Testing Laboratory, our environmental scientists and engineers have been applying cutting-edge solutions to treat water supplies around the country. Watch our documentary short "Troubled Waters: The Fight Against PFAS" for an introduction to this group of emerging contaminants.
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