WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced $748,180 in analysis grant funding to 3 establishments for analysis to enhance our understanding of how individuals are uncovered to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a number of communities all through the nation.
“Recognizing that publicity to PFAS is a public well being and environmental subject going through communities throughout the United States, and in step with EPA’s Strategic Roadmap for PFAS, the EPA is investing in scientific analysis to extend understanding of PFAS exposures,” mentioned Chris Frey, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “The analysis introduced right now will reply essential questions relating to the contribution of PFAS exposures at dwelling to PFAS discovered within the physique and can produce science that may assist inform and focus choices to guard human well being.”
PFAS are a big group of chemical compounds which can be utilized in many client merchandise and industrial and manufacturing functions and are generally often called ‘eternally chemical compounds’ since they take so lengthy to interrupt down. Due to their widespread use and environmental persistence, most individuals within the United States have been uncovered to PFAS. There is proof that continued publicity above particular ranges to sure PFAS could result in adversarial well being results. More information is required to measure the character and ranges of PFAS in houses and meals to know pathways for human publicity and danger mitigation.
The analysis grants introduced right now will assist us higher perceive the sources and pathways associated to folks’s exposures to PFAS chemical compounds.
The following establishments are receiving awards:
- Silent Spring Institute, Newton, Mass., to measure PFAS in air and mud in houses, and consider associations between potential residential sources and PFAS incidence at dwelling. This analysis will improve understanding of the contribution of residential pathways to PFAS exposures and enhance the interpretation of PFAS biomonitoring information.
- Duke University, Durham, N.C., to find out how completely different sources of PFAS publicity, together with PFAS in ingesting water and in houses, contribute to ranges measured in blood. This examine will tackle key questions on essentially the most related PFAS publicity pathways for the final U.S. inhabitants.
- Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., to develop a standardized, validated, scientific protocol to measure ranges of a focused set of PFAS within the dwelling. Data collected from dwelling samples might be in comparison with information collected from PFAS in blood to assist determine residential sources of PFAS measured in folks’s blood.
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