PFAS 2022 Information on the Resolution of Water Pollution Claims (2023)

Is there a PFAS water contamination process?

Sim.Product Liability Attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are tracking the PFAS water contamination of individuals in the United States who have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and/or certain cancers caused by PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

PFAS have been used extensively in the manufacturing industry since the 1940's for their ability to resist heat, grease, stains and water. However, they are known to persist in the human body and the environment and accumulate over time. For this reason, they are commonly referred to as "Forever Chemicals".

Although PFAS has contaminated drinking water from a number of sources, the most common cause has been aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), used during firefighter training and in response to fuel-based fires that cannot be fought with fuel alone. Several companies are responsible for the reckless sale of this toxic firefighting foam that has widely contaminated drinking water supplies near military bases, airports, and other locations.

High levels of PFAS have been found in tap water in many communities, and manufacturers of these chemicals have failed to warn of long-term health risks. As a result, cases are being pursued for monetary compensation and PFAS water pollution compensation payments for injuries that could have been avoided.

PFAS Water Contamination Complaint Criteria

Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. checkedPFAS water contamination processesfor people whodrank contaminated water from 1990 to presentfor at least6 consecutive monthsand who have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions and who live in the geographic locations listed below.


  • New Jersey (nationwide)
  • California (San Jose or East LA)
  • Colorado (Colorado Springs oder Denver)
  • Minnesota (Minneapolis)
  • Ohio (Cleveland)
  • Michigan (all states)


  • Ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • pancreatic cancer
  • liver cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • testicular cancer
  • kidney cancer

To determine the amount of compensation you or a dependent may receive, request aPFAS process claim review non-binding below.

Latest updates on water pollution PFAS 2022

Update September 2022:After several studies linking PFAS exposure to cancer and other serious side effects, theThe EPA has announced plans to designate PFOA and PFOS chemicals as hazardous substances.under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The designation will help protect communities from harmful PFAS pollution and give federal agencies the power to hold polluters accountable and track remediation costs.

Update from June 2022:The EPA updated thePFAS health advice for drinking water, significantly lowering the limit for chemicals allowed in drinking water to:

  • provisionallyPFOA: 0,004 ppt
  • provisionallyPFOS: 0,02 ppt

Update May 2022:United States The Department of Defense (DoD) released the results of recent testing ofPFAS drinking water contamination near military bases🇧🇷 The report revealed high levels ofPFAS in drinking wateroutmilitary base, which may pose side effects to residents of the area.

Sites with groundwater contamination PFAS

Due to growing health concerns about PFAS contamination, many US cities and states have begun testing PFAS levels in groundwater, surface water, and soil.

Out ofJune 2022, die Environmental Working Group (EWG) identifiziert2,858 locationsin the US thatconfirmed the contamination of water by PFASin public and private systems. Of that almost400 military installationswas confirmedgroundwater contaminated with PFAS, while hundreds of others have been suspected but not yet confirmed to be contaminated.

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Camp Lejeune processes toxic waterare also being studied by veterans, their families and contractors who worked or lived at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 were between 200 times and 300 times what is allowable under environmental safety standards.

Recent EPA-requested testing found that between 1953 and 1987, Camp Lejeune Air Base and nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River suffered from multiple sources of water contamination from fire-fighting foam runoff, underground chemical and fuel spills, and other sources that release trichlorethylene (TCE), tetrachlorethylene, vinyl chloride (VC), benzene and more than 70 other hazardous chemicals. Many of these are linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serious health problems.

Families can use the interactiveEWG PFAS water contamination mapto determine if your drinking water contains potentially toxic PFAS chemicals.

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However, due to decades of loosely regulated PFAS dumping and a lack of publicly available data on firefighting training areas, recent research has shown that the number of contaminated sites is largely underestimated and still unknown.

According to a study published in the medical journalEnvironmental Science and Technology LettersInsideOctober 2022, researchers at the American Chemical Society (ACS) identified.57,412 suspected contamination sites by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)Integrate multiple datasets into a single national map, detailing where large amounts of PFAS have been used, stockpiled and manufactured.

The integrated map of sites suspected of being contaminated with PFAS includes 49,145 industrial sites, 4,255 sewage treatment plants, 3,493 current or former military sites, and 519 major airports.

Pollution lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers

Many states have joined the PFAS litigation by filing lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers for contaminating drinking water sources in recent years. Each of the allegations made similar allegations that manufacturers such as 3M, Dupont and others released the toxic chemicals into local water supplies and harmed the state's natural resources.

To date, prosecutors, attorneys general, or state environmental health agencies have taken legal action against PFAS manufacturers in places including New York, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Colorado, California, Minnesota, Alabama, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Michigan.

It is expected that many states and local jurisdictions will be forced to take legal action to repair damage to their natural resources as authorities begin to ramp up testing for PFAS contamination.

Allegations of PFAS water contamination

Families in the United States are suing class-action lawsuits alleging PFAS water pollution and individual damages lawsuits against various manufacturers of safety equipment and chemicals that have for years covered up evidence of health risks from per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances. Defendants named in PFAS proceedings include, but are not limited to:

  • Empresa 3M
  • Dupont
  • Kidde-Fenwal
  • The Firm Chemours
  • National Foam Inc.
  • Dynax Corp.

The lawsuits allege that the manufacturers knew or should have known that people could develop cancer and inflammatory bowel disease from consuming large amounts of PFAS chemicals in local tap water, which is caused by the natural discharge and runoff of used PFAS in fires will combat foams and factories.

In addition to the public health impacts, lawsuits are also being filed by individuals who claim they have lost property value due to high levels of hazardous substances contaminating their groundwater.

Is there a cost to hire a PFAS water pollution attorney?

There are absolutely no direct costs to discuss your case with our PFAS attorneys in Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. to consider.Potential claims are evaluated for individuals in the United States and all cases are treated on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing upfront to retain our attorneys, and we only receive attorneys' fees or costs when receiving payment for a PFAS claim.

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Through the use of attorneys' fees, individuals have access to the experience and resources of our national law firm for PFAS water contamination litigation - regardless of their individual financial resources.

You pay nothing upfront to hire our PFAS contamination attorneys and we only receive attorney fees or costs out of the money we receive from PFAS manufacturers. Our law firm gets nothing if we don't win your case!

Request a free PFAS water contamination process review and consultation online or call 1-800-522-0102 to get started. There are no attorney fees or costs unless you win a settlement or recovery!

Steps in a PFAS water contamination lawsuit assessment


Complete our case evaluation request form.Provide contact information and some information about your exposure to PFAS-contaminated drinking water.


Please contact Saiontz & Kirk, P.A.You will be contacted by our personal injury attorneys to determine if financial compensation may be available to you and your family.


You decide whether you want to continue.If our personal injury attorneys determine that we can help you with your case, it is up to you whether you hire us to reach an agreement.


What are PFAS?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals commonly used in consumer and industrial products to resist grease, oil and water. PFAS are also commonly used in firefighting foams due to their ability to extinguish chemical fires. They are often referred to as "forever chemicals" due to their ability to accumulate in the human body and not break down naturally in the environment.

More than 9,000 PFAS chemicals have been identified and manufacturers have continued to develop new PFOA and PFOS chemicals that can be harmful and toxic to humans and the environment alike.

What are the side effects of exposure to PFAS?

Exposure to PFAS causes long-term side effects because the chemicals can linger in the body and build up in the blood, kidneys, and liver. Side effects of PFAS exposure may include:

  • Ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • pancreatic cancer
  • liver cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • testicular cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • liver damage
  • Birth defects in children exposed to PFAS in utero
  • endocrine disruption
  • problems with the immune system
  • High cholesterol
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • infertility
  • thyroid disease
  • Decreased vaccine response
  • Other serious injuries or illnesses

Studies linking cancer and PFAS exposure

Information on the link between PFAS exposure and cancer has been found in several studies, and researchers continue to investigate the long-term side effects that individuals may experience after drinking PFAS-contaminated water for years.

In 2013 a study was published inNational Institute for Environmental Health Sciencesexamined the geographic association between PFOA exposure and cancer rates in residents living near DuPont's Teflon facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia (WV), where the manufacturer dumped PFAS chemicals into the Ohio River and hundreds of private wells and water districts in Ohio and West Virginia have been contaminated since the 1950s.

The results showed that more than 70,000 people who drank contaminated water were at an increased risk of developing itnon-Hodgkin's lymphoma and kidney, testicular, prostate and ovarian cancer.

a 2019to studyreviewed serum PFAS levels in male participants from 2000 to 2013 and found that those with higher PFAS exposure had an increased risk of mortality from liver cancer and cirrhosis, among other health risks.

A report published inInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healthwarned in March 2020 that many PFAS chemicals contain more than five carcinogenic properties that can cause oxidative stress, gene expression changes, cell mutations and altered cell communication, which explains how PFAS causes cancer.

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In August 2022, a nested case-controlled study was published inJHEP reportswho find an association between PFAS/PFOS exposure and liver cancer.

In the first study of its kind to assess direct human exposure to PFAS chemicals, researchers found that individuals with elevated levels of PFAS in their blood were associated with a 4.5-fold increased risk of developing liver cancer, specifically hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). , were connected. 🇧🇷

Researchers found that PFAS/PFOS can disrupt the metabolism of glucose, amino acids, and bile acids, which can lead to excessive fat accumulation in the liver and, over time, to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a known high-risk factor for liver cancer.

Long-term effects of PFAS-contaminated water

In July 2022, a study was published in the medical journalexposure and healthThe researchers examined 13 diseases that exposure to PFAS can cause, including diabetes, endometriosis, infertility, low birth weight, childhood and adult obesity, breast cancer and other diseases.

The study found that if the disease were caused solely by PFAS, it could cost the US healthcare system at least $5.5 billion over the lifetime of the current population.

As a result of mounting evidence highlighting the harmful side effects of PFAS, lawsuits are being filed against manufacturers for failing to warn of the long-term risks associated with exposure to the chemicals. Many of the lawsuits were filed by former firefighters, while others were filed by people who lived near where these chemicals were used.

Why do firefighters track PFAS exposure?

In addition to lawsuits alleging PFAS contamination of drinking water, hundreds of ex-firefighters are also suing manufacturers and distributors for injuries caused by exposure to PFAS during their careers.

High levels of PFAS chemicals have been found in Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) which has been used extensively to extinguish fuel fires for decades. Most PFAS water contamination across the country has been caused by the use of chemicals in firefighting foam, particularly near military bases, airports, and other firefighting training sites.

Although safer alternatives were available, firefighters were exposed to PFAS chemicals during training and fire drills, often covering their entire bodies in firefighting foam.

PFAS Water Pollution Advocates by Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. hunt tooFire fighting foam cancer suitsfor ex-firefighters, airport workers and military personnel exposed to the AFFF.

Frequently asked questions about PFAS chemicals

What are the most commonly used PFAS chemicals?

The most commonly used PFAS chemicals in consumer products include:

  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA);
  • perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS);
  • perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS);
  • Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)

Which consumer products contain PFAS chemicals?

In addition to firefighting foam, several common consumer products contain PFAS chemicals, including:

  • Water repellent/waterproof fabrics
  • non-stick pans
  • food packaging
  • Cosmetics
  • cleaning supplies
  • many other products

While levels of PFAS chemicals in consumer products are generally low, large amounts are used during the manufacturing process. As a result, areas around chemical and manufacturing plants have also been linked to PFAS water contamination, and factory workers have been exposed to PFAS chemicals that can build up in their system.

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Are PFAS chemicals still used in consumer products?

Sim.Despite more than a decade of scientific evidence highlighting public health concerns and the toxic effects of PFAS contamination on humans, animals and the environment, hundreds of commercial and everyday consumer products around the world are manufactured with fluorinated PFAS chemicals.

Who is responsible for regulating PFAS?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the perpetual regulation of PFAS chemicals. Although the EPA introduced the first interim public health warnings for PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 2009, research since the 1980s has linked the possibility of exposure to PFAS to cancer and damage to human organs .

Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed in 1974 and gave the EPA the power to establish applicable National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs) which mandate maximum allowable limitspollutantsin drinking water.

The EPA made this known through the approval granted under the SDWAStrategic Roadmap for PFASin October 2021, establishing a pathway and timeline to protect communities from increased risk of exposure to per andpolyfluoroalkyl substancesin the supply of drinking water and natural resources.

The EPA roadmap contains several critical agendas, such as: B. Understanding the PFAS life cycle, how to prevent chemicals from entering the environment and ensuring PFAS manufacturers are held accountable for environmental and public health impacts.

In September 2022, the EPA announced plans to issue a notice of a proposed regulation in the Federal Registry that would designate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as hazardous substances under the "Superfund" Act.

The EPA's action comes amid growing scientific research that has linked PFOS and PFOA to cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, heart risks, liver damage and immune system problems.

The agency also notes that as part of its strategic PFAS roadmap agenda, it is expected to issue advance notice of the proposed regulation targeting other PFAS chemicals.

Do you qualify for a PFAS water contamination agreement?

Product Liability Attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. Offer free consultations and case reviews to help individuals explore the legal options available to them. After you contact our office toll-free at 1-800-522-0102 or request a free case review online, the facts and circumstances of your potential case will be reviewed and evaluated by our contamination attorneys.

If it is determined that you or a loved one may be entitled to monetary compensation or settlement, it is your decision to retain our law firm. All processes are handled by usPFAS water pollution advocatesunder a contingency fee arrangement, which means that no fees or expenses will ever be paid unless we are able to reach a settlement or other recovery in your case.

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Can you get rid of PFAS in water? ›

If you want to remove PFAS from your tap drinking water, activated carbon filters can be extremely effective. These types of filter absorb many contaminants commonly found in water, including lead, chlorine and PFAS.

What is the United States doing about PFAS and PFOA? ›

In May 2022, EPA took an important step forward to protect people from PFAS by adding five PFAS to a list of risk-based values for site cleanups. These values, known as Regional Screening Levels and Regional Remedial Management Levels, help EPA determine if response or remediation activities are needed.

How long until PFAS break down? ›

Some forms of PFAS can take over 1000 years to degrade. This persistence is why the actions we take today have such a huge effect on the state of our world tomorrow. A paper bag might disintegrate and slowly disappear from sight, but the chemicals left behind could be damaging the environment for thousands for years.

Has the US banned PFAS? ›

1, 2025. On June 3, 2022, House Bill 22-1345 was signed into law prohibiting the sale and distribution of consumer products containing PFAS chemicals, such as carpets or rugs, fabric treatments and oil and gas products, effective from Jan. 1, 2024.

Does a Brita filter remove PFAS? ›

A new filter cartridge that is compatible with Brita pitchers can remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water.

Do most water filters remove PFAS? ›

A new study by scientists at Duke University and North Carolina State University finds that – while using any filter is better than using none – many household filters are only partially effective at removing toxic perfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, from drinking water.

What is the government doing about PFAS? ›

As part of a government-wide effort to confront PFAS pollution, EPA is making available $1 billion in grant funding through President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help communities that are on the frontlines of PFAS contamination, the first of $5 billion through the Law that can be used to reduce PFAS in ...

What states have the most PFAS in water? ›

Michigan has the highest levels of PFAS in the U.S. According to the American Red Cross, “the blood of the average American has 4,300 parts per trillion, or ppt, of PFOS and 1,100 ppt of PFOA.”

What are states doing about PFAS? ›

Many states have begun the process of regulating PFAS in drinking water themselves and have adopted enforceable standards or Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFAS in their state. States with enforceable drinking water standards include ME, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, and VT.

Do PFAS absorb through skin? ›

Based on the available data, only a small amount of PFAS can get into your body from skin contacting PFAS-contaminated water. Also, most PFAS do not evaporate into the air from water readily. Therefore, for most PFAS, showering, bathing, or washing dishes in water containing PFAS should not increase exposure.

Does boiling tap water remove PFAS? ›

Boiling water will not remove PFAS chemicals, but certain treatments can remove them. For household use, we recommend a reverse osmosis system installed under your sink.

Do plants absorb PFAS? ›

PFAS can get into your garden plants if they are grown in soil or water containing PFAS. Usually, this happens when PFAS- contaminated water is applied to the plants. When this happens, PFAS can be transferred from the water through the soil, where they may be taken up by the plant's roots.

Which states are banning PFAS? ›

In Hawaii, legislators passed a ban on PFAS in food packaging and firefighting foam this year. And California passed laws this year to ban PFAS in cosmetics and textiles, while requiring companies to report data on other products containing PFAS.

Which companies still use PFAS? ›

Which companies manufacture PFAS? Companies that have reported use to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency include Arkema, Asahi, BASF (Ciba), Clariant, Daikin, DuPont (PFAS business now under the name Chemours), Dyneon/3M, and Solvay.

What cities have PFAS in drinking water? ›

For the first time, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been publicly identified in the drinking water of 34 US cities or counties. They include Atlanta; Boston; Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington, DC.

What bottled water has no PFAS? ›

Poland Springs non-carbonated bottled water does not have PFAS.

Does bottled water contain PFAS? ›

“As this study has found, the majority of bottled water does not contain any per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances,” she says.

What cancers are caused by PFAS? ›

  • Kidney Cancer. Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Associated with Increased Risk of Kidney Cancer. ...
  • Testicular Cancer. ...
  • Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer. ...
  • Prostate Cancer. ...
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Thyroid Cancer. ...
  • Thyroid Cancer and Childhood Leukemia. ...
  • Drinking Water Exposure Assessment in the California Teachers Study (CTS)

What happens if you drink water with PFAS? ›

The Environmental Protection Agency says exposure to two types of PFAS chemicals – PFOA and PFOS – may cause birth defects, cancer and thyroid issues, among other health problems, when present in drinking water.

Do any refrigerator filters remove PFAS? ›

Activated carbon filters, such as those found in refrigerators and pitcher-style filtration systems, on average removed 73 percent of PFAS contaminants, but the results varied widely. “In some cases, the chemicals were completely removed; in other cases they were not reduced at all,” according to the release.

Should I be worried about PFAS in water? ›

Exposure to PFAS in drinking water at levels above the EPA Lifetime Health Advisory has been associated with pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. This complication can include not only high blood pressure, but also signs of damage to other organ systems, most often the liver and kidneys.

What are the new regulations for PFAS? ›

Bans on PFAS in food wrappers, children's products, and firefighting foam will take effect in 2023. Additionally, proposed legislation would prohibit the sale of clothing or textiles containing PFAS and would require manufacturers to use the “least toxic alternative” when replacing PFAS in those products.

Does Mcdonalds use PFAS? ›

“McDonald's stands behind its commitment to the safety of its food and food packaging. We removed a significant subset of PFAS, including Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), from all guest packaging globally in 2008.

How can PFAS contamination be stopped? ›

How to Reduce Your Exposure to PFAS
  1. Reduce Use of Products that Contain PFAS.
  2. Reduce PFAS Levels in the Water You Drink.
  3. Follow Guidelines for Eating Fish.
  4. Protect Your Health After Being in Lakes and Streams.
  5. Continue Breastfeeding.
11 Oct 2021

Does rainwater have PFAS? ›

PFAS are a family of human-made chemicals used in countless products today, from food packaging to waterproof clothing. They can spread in the atmosphere and are now found in every corner of our Earth – including rainwater, snow and even human blood.

How do I know if my drinking water has PFAS? ›

If you are concerned about PFAS in your drinking water, EPA recommends you contact your local water utility to learn more about your drinking water and to see whether they have monitoring data for PFAS or can provide any specific recommendations for your community.

How can I drink water without PFAS? ›

Use an alternate source of water for drinking and cooking. Another option is to install home water treatment, such as reverse osmosis or an activated carbon filter, that is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to lower the levels of PFAS in your water.

Can PFAS be removed from the environment? ›

It is currently known that three treatment processes can be effective for PFAS removal: granular activated carbon, ion exchange resins, and high-pressure membrane systems. The optimal choice between these technologies is a balance between many factors.

Is the water contaminated 2022? ›

As of June 2022, 2,858 locations in 50 states and two territories are known to be contaminated. The latest update of this interactive map documents PFAS pollution in public and private water systems. Details about our sources and methodology are here.

What percentage of Americans have PFAS? ›

One report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found PFAS in the blood of 97% of Americans.

How do I know if I have PFAS in my body? ›

A blood test for PFAS can tell you what your levels are at the time the blood was drawn, but not whether levels in your body are “safe” or “unsafe.” Most people in the U.S. have measurable amounts of PFAS in their body because PFAS chemicals are commonly used in commercial and industrial products.

What foods contain PFAS? ›

Although the evidence is not as strong as for fish and shellfish, Eick said eggs, certain kinds of meat, especially liver and other organ meats and dairy products have also been found to have higher levels of longer chain PFAS in particular. EU scientists have also warned that fruit can contain elevated levels of PFAS.

Does everyone have PFAS in their blood? ›

Most people in the United States have been exposed to PFAS and have PFAS in their blood, especially perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

How do you destroy PFAS? ›

Hydrothermal processing leverages the unique properties of high-temperature and high-pressure water to destroy PFAS compounds and minimize harmful byproducts.

Does a reverse osmosis system remove PFAS? ›

High-pressure membranes, such as nanofiltration or reverse osmosis, have been extremely effective at removing PFAS. Reverse osmosis membranes are tighter than nanofiltration membranes. This technology depends on membrane permeability.

Who is most at risk for PFAS? ›

Children. Because children are still developing, they may be more sensitive to the harmful effects of chemicals such as PFAS. They can also be exposed more than adults because: Children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults, which can increase their exposure to PFAS.

What fast food has PFAS? ›

Fast Food Study Finds Indications of Toxic PFAS “Forever Chemicals” in Packaging of Popular Brands
  • Arby's.
  • Burger King.
  • Cava.
  • Chick-fil-A.
  • McDonald's.
  • Nathan's.
  • Sweetgreen.
  • Taco Bell.
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Does Starbucks still use PFAS? ›

Starbucks has made a commitment to eliminate toxic PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in its food packaging materials. As part of the company's new sustainable packaging policy, the transition away from these dangerous chemicals in its food packaging materials will be complete in the US by the end of 2022.

Does aluminum foil contain PFAS? ›

They're also commonly found in baking supplies, such as parchment paper. And the nonstick coatings on frying pans, crock pots, panini presses, aluminum foil, and more often contain PFAS.

Is Teflon a PFAS? ›

Today, the family of compounds including Teflon, commonly called PFAS, is found not only in pots and pans but also in the blood of people around the world, including 99 percent of Americans. PFAS chemicals pollute water, do not break down, and remain in the environment and people for decades.

How do you separate PFAS from water? ›

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Filtration (RO) – High pressure membrane filtration, including nanofiltration and reverse osmosis are extremely effective at removing PFAS.

Is bottled water tested for PFAS? ›

Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Standards of Quality (SOQs) or testing requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in bottled water.

How do I remove PFAS from groundwater? ›

The most common treatment approach for achieving PFAS risk removal is groundwater extraction and filtration. This approach involves interceptor wells that pump groundwater to the surface and filter out the PFAS using granular activated carbon or ion-exchange resins.

How do you remediate PFAS? ›

Full-scale treatment of PFAS-impacted liquids or solids is limited to sequestration technologies that remove or bind PFAS but do not destroy them. Sorption using granular activated carbon and ion exchange media has been proven effective at full scale (see Table 12-1, provided as separate PDF, for references).

What filters remove PFAS? ›

Both granular activated carbon (GAC) and reverse osmosis (RO) filters can reduce PFAS substances.
A GAC system:
  • reduces the amounts of PFAS and some other contaminants in drinking water.
  • has a carbon filtration cartridge which captures the contaminants.
  • provides more water flow than an RO system.

Can plants remove PFAS? ›

"We found the wetland plant Juncus sarophorus has a high tolerance to PFAS and capable of overall PFAS removal rates between 9% and 11% at a time, which could be increased with floating reed beds in the water column.

How do I know if my water has PFAS? ›

If you are concerned about PFAS in your drinking water, EPA recommends you contact your local water utility to learn more about your drinking water and to see whether they have monitoring data for PFAS or can provide any specific recommendations for your community.


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