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Replacements for Fluorinated Chemicals Are Less Toxic, EPA Says

Nov. 14, 2018, 6:17 PM

Two chemical compounds, developed as substitutes for the perfluorinated chemicals that have contaminated drinking water across the country, are likely less toxic than their predecessors, the EPA said in Nov. 14 reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a stance on whether GenX and perfluorobutane sulfonatic acid, or PFBS, affect human health at certain concentrations. Its findings could help companies, consultants, states, and local governments determine the concentrations of the chemicals that will trigger cleanup actions.

The chemicals are part of the family of poly- and perfluorinated compounds found in nonstick and stain-resistant coatings in clothing, fast-food ...

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