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EPA Faces Community Concerns, Quandaries to Get PFAS Data

Sept. 30, 2021, 6:51 PM

The EPA is struggling with a dearth of data on most PFAS, as well as fears from community members about research on incinerating or destroying “forever chemicals” occurring near their neighborhoods, the agency’s scientists said this week.

Environmental Protection Agency scientists detailed dozens of studies on Wednesday and Thursday to better understand how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, affect people’s health. They’re also studying how technologies may destroy the chemicals; how to detect them in the air, water, and soil;and how to combine the chemicals into more manageable groups.

The agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors, an advisory panel, will ...

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