What you need to know about PFAS or ‘forever’ chemicals
The EPA is set to announce new steps to regulate the chemicals.
By Stephanie Ebbs
November 26, 2019, 4:04 PM
EPA chief Andrew Wheeler sits down with ABC News
The EPA has launched its first national action plan to continue cleaning up toxic chemicals around the country.
But what are they? Here’s what you need to know.
What are PFAS?
PFAS stands for per or polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of hundreds of manmade chemicals that are used for a variety of industrial and commercial uses ranging from the firefighting foam used at airstrips and on military bases to waterproof or nonstick products, such as stain repellent, cleaning products or food packaging.
The chemicals are so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost all Americans have a measurable amount of the most well-known types in their blood.