PFAs and PFOAs

Concerns of citizens and state and national regulators have placed PFAs and PFOAs into the news recently, but MAWC has run multiple tests for the presence of these compounds in our various sources, and all test results have been non-detectable.

According to the EPA, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals.

Areas with Defense Department bases, where the substances were used in firefighting foam, and waterproofing and tanneries were sometimes users of the chemicals.

Links:

EPA: Basic Information on PFAS

PA DEP: PFAS: What They Are