What are PFAS?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects.
PFAS Contamination in Madison – and elsewhere – primarily comes from the firefighting foam that has been used for decades at military bases for training exercises and putting out fires. Local officials have directed the use of non-PFAS-containing foams but the military still uses them.
PFAS will continue to be used:
“Guard officials say the military is trying to phase out the PFAS-based foams by 2024, but no alternative products meet current standards to put out fuel fires in 30 seconds or less. Congress has ordered the FAA to allow the use of fluoride-free foams at commercial airports by this October, assuming they are available. That deadline doesn’t mean much for Burlington, however, since the Guard takes orders from the Department of Defense…”
What’s Your PFAS?
Get water quality information from the City of Madison, by address: https://www.cityofmadison.com/water/waterquality/mywells.cfm
- PFAS Articles – locals: Maria & Jim Powell & Madison Environmental Justice Organization
- Military Poisons – Pat Elder
- PFAS Central – Science, information and News about PFAS
- Consumers’ Guide to Highly Fluorinated Chemicals
- Interactive PFAS Pollution Map – Environmental Working Group
Soil and Water Contamination in Madison
- MEJO Starkweather Creek Environmental Justice Project
- Truax ANG to weaponize base ahead of F-35 deployment
- Dane County Airport PFAS Information
Maria Powell, Madison Environmental Justice Organization
PFAS, Soil & water contamination & cleanup
Dr. Beth Neary, Wisconsin Environmental Health Network
Health effects of noise and PFAS
Dane County and Madison Public Health Department
Presentation to the Lakes and Watershed Commission Jan 23, 2020 on PFAS & Fish Advisories with public comments and discussion
What is the Dane County doing to clean up PFAS at the County Airport?
Dane County Attorney, Lakes and Watershed Commission Jan 23, 2020
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