New ‘forever chemicals’ polluting water near North Carolina plant, study finds

By Tom Perkins | The Guardian | October 27, 2023

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"At least 11 new kinds of PFAS “forever chemicals” are polluting the water around a North Carolina Chemours plant that manufactures the toxic substances, new research finds.

The discovery, made by researchers using a novel testing method, is evidence that the environment around the plant is more contaminated with PFAS than regulators have found, the researchers said.

“This means there are a lot more PFAS that people are being exposed to than they know,” said Erin Baker, a University of North Carolina PFAS researcher who co-authored the peer-reviewed paper published on Wednesday in the journal Science. “That’s because [regulators’ testing] is missing the PFAS because no one knows how to target them.”