PFAS in household waste may be going airborne

By Marina Schauffler | Environmental Health News | March 28, 2022

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“As states work to limit the use of PFAS, one path for their spread is often overlooked: incineration of consumer waste, such as clothing, textiles, food packaging, paints, and electronics.

Regulatory agencies are paying some attention to the PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) waste stream, such as contaminated leachate from landfills. However, about 12% of the U.S. waste stream goes to the country’s 75 aging municipal solid waste incinerators, with minimal research on likely byproducts of burning PFAS-tainted trash.

Now ‘PFAS in air emissions and incineration are becoming more of a focus,’ Lydia Jahl, a science and policy associate for the Green Science Policy Institute, told EHN."

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