PFAS Used by Many Industries Needs Controls, Scientists Say (1)

Oct. 13, 2020, 6:00 AMUpdated: Oct. 13, 2020, 7:54 PM

A subset of so-called forever chemicals, used to make thousands of industrial and consumer products, can’t be deemed “low-concern” despite chemical manufacturers’ arguments, a group of international scientists said in a paper released Tuesday.

The study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, could influence policy discussions European and U.S. regulators have about how to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and a subset of those chemicals called fluoropolymers.

Companies that make industrial cables, clothing, cookware, cables, circuit boards, wires, lubricants, and other products buy fluoropolymers from chemical manufacturers so their products can resist water and corrosion, reduce the risk ...

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