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What Are PFAS?

James Parker
October 15, 2021

Not many people know about Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Despite that, almost every American has this dangerous substance in their body. One 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found PFAS in the blood of 97% of Americans. 

PFAS are a group of chemicals that are used for nonstick, grease repellent, and water repellent purposes. PFAS are widely used in America and can be found in food packaging, numerous household products, firefighting foam, manufacturing facilities, and even groundwater. The most concerning place they are found, however, is inside living organisms. 

PFAS chemicals are also known as the “forever chemicals” because they can take millennia to break down. Additionally, they are bioaccumulative. This means that a plant contaminated with PFAS that is eaten by a cow will contaminate the cow. When that cow is eaten by people, that cow’s PFAS will build up in the people eating it. 

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), in 2001 it became public knowledge that PFAS manufacturers like DuPont had been dumping PFAS into the water supply in order to dispose of it. A class-action lawsuit in Parkersburg, West Virginia revealed that DuPont knew both that PFAS were toxic and that it knew the groundwater was contaminated but did nothing about it. 

Since then, thousands of individual lawsuits, class-actions and multidistrict litigations (MDLs) have been filed against DuPont, other PFAS manufacturers, and companies who continue to use PFAS in their products to this day. These lawsuits cite injuries the CDC lists including:

  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Decreased vaccine response in children
  • Changes in liver enzymes
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia in pregnant women
  • Decreases in infant birth weights
  • Increased risk of kidney or testicular cancer

According to the EWG, as of August 2021, 2,854 sites across all 50 states have been seriously contaminated by PFAS. Today, there are virtually no Americans who have no PFAS in their bodies. This places the entire nation at risk of the effects of the forever chemicals as they slowly accumulate in the bodies of every American.

If you or a loved one have developed cancer after being exposed to high levels of PFAS, you may be able to recover costs for your injuries. In order to join the MDLs already in progress, you will need to contract a mass torts attorney.

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