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The PFAS Team investigates and educates the public about the problems caused by PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals).
These chemicals are extremely toxic at very small concentrations, entirely man made, do not exist in nature, worse than dioxin and virtually impossible to destroy. They survive conventional waste treatment technologies because they not break down into harmless compounds.    They have contaminated many drinking water sources and are found in the blood of virtually all Americans.

        PFAS chemicals are literally out of control.

EPA routinely approves uses under the Toxic Substances Control Act but does not then regulate their releases and disposal.   Meanwhile, the chemical industry has been enormously effective in promoting PFAS through aggressive lobbying, withholding information, dissemination of misinformation, and active engagement with allies including users of their products.

       The PFAS Team works to prevent production, use, and discharges of PFAS. 

Our Team is interdisciplinary  with expertise in chemistry, hazardous substance control and remediation, environmental health sciences, policy, and organizing.   Our main strategy is to build capacity for and support actions on state policies to reduce use and discharges of PFAS, in partnership with Sierra Club staff.
 

Key Issues We Work On

PFAS chemicals have contaminated air, water, soil, food, and consumer products. 

Some main sources are fire-fighting foam used by civilians and the military, chemical manufacturing plants, wastewater treatment plants, and solid waste facilities. 

PFAS distributed through waste systems to wastewater treatment plants and solid waste facilities;
PFAS in "biosolids" from wastewater treatment plants used for gardening and agriculture;
State actions to reduce uses and releases of PFAS;
How people can work on PFAS issues in their communities.
How PFAS cause contamination