Researching Treatments for Perfluoroalkyl Substances

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A nationwide health and nutrition survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found PFOS and PFOA in the blood stream of over 98 percent of the population. Sources of the contaminants are many, including consumer products with stain- and water-repellent properties, nonstick cookware items, and grease-resistant food contact sources. Waters affected by firefighting activities are another chief source of contamination.

Experimental research conducted by the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Environmental Protection Agency is helping gain a deeper understanding of how to best use adsorption technology to treat post-emergency response wastewater contaminated with firefighting foam.


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[*] Author note: At the time of publication Capt Christopher Schmidt was a graduate student at AFIT.

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