Escalating Regulatory Measures against PFAS: A Necessity for Health and Environment

By Medriva Correspondents | Medriva | February 20, 2024

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"Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a family of synthetic organofluorine chemical compounds, have been widely used in household items since the 1950s. From stain-resistant fabrics to non-stick kitchenware, and from water-resistant clothing to certain types of firefighting foam, PFAS have found their way into our everyday lives. However, growing concerns about their health and environmental impacts have led to intensified regulatory measures in the United States.

The Dangers of PFAS

Studies indicate that exposure to certain PFAS may cause a variety of health effects, including developmental effects, effects on the thyroid, liver, kidneys, certain hormones, and the immune system. There is also a potential cancer risk. PFAS have been linked to increased risk of dyslipidemia, reduced infant and fetal growth, and higher rates of kidney cancer. Furthermore, communities with higher percentages of non-White or Hispanic/Latino residents and families living in poverty have been found less likely to have PFAS in their drinking water, leading to potential health disparities."

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