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Perfluorinated Chemical (PFC)

Posted on March 16th, 2016

One of the emerging environmental issues, world-wide, is the potential for health and environmental impacts associated with the wide spread distribution of perfluorinated chemicals (PFC). PFC are a group of man-made chemicals associated with non-stick coatings, plastics, gaskets, stain repellents, lubricants, paper food wrappings, upholstery, carpeting, clothing, fire suppression foams and hundreds of other consumer products. PFC are persistent and bioaccumulate. Low levels of PFC have been found in the general population of the United States and in areas as remote as the Arctic Circle, where it has been found in blood samples taken from Polar Bears.

PFC are water soluble and are showing up in potable well samples in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is responding to this concern by expanding their potable well sampling program and developing guidance to assist in the identification and management of PFC. Reportedly, there are only one or two laboratories in the United States certified for PFC analysis. According to the US EPA, there are common water treatment technologies available, including activated carbon filters and reverse osmosis units.

JM Sorge is following this emerging concern. Additional information on PFC as an environmental and health concern is found at the following web sites.

EPA web site

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) web site: PDF with more info

Center for Disease Control and Prevention web site

 

Stephen Kehayes

Senior Manager


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