PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are found in firefighting foams, nonstick cookware, and other everyday items. The chemicals have seeped into drinking water near military bases across the country that used firefighting foams and manufacturing plants that made products with PFAS.
The substances have been linked to cancer, fertility issues, and other health problems.
Pennsylvania already completed blood testing for residents in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Results indicated that residents in Horsham, Warminster, and Warrington Townships had elevated levels of PFAS in their bloodstreams.
Pennsylvania’s PFAS Action Team will update residents this fall on the statewide sampling plan and its findings thus far, Elizabeth Rementer, a spokesperson for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said in an email Monday. The sampling plan began in June and will take about a year, she said. Officials will provide quarterly updates and will notify public water systems.
As they wait for the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward on regulating PFAS, here are some of the latest actions in states dealing with PFAS contamination: