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PFAS-Containing Waste Stream Cycle

July 29, 2020

A large, complex and ever-expanding group of manufactured chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, have been widely used by many industries for a variety of purposes, including the manufacturing of everyday consumer products.

In addition to the presence of PFAS in consumer products, these chemicals are found in various industrial byproducts and waste streams, including stormwater runoff, landfill leachate, wastewater treatment effluents and biosolids and incinerator ash.

While knowledge about the potential health and environmental effects of PFAS has grown, many questions remain concerning the disposal and release of PFAS compounds into the environment.

In his feature in POWER Environmental’s Currents newsletter, Dr. Dennis Schucker illustrates the “cycling” of PFAS compounds as they travel from different waste streams and enter the environment.

Check out this great resource here or click the graphic below.