US Map Reveals Hot Spots of Toxic 'Forever Chemicals'

By Mike Fishmore | April 23, 2024

Recommended limits

A recent study has identified specific regions in the United States and other nations as significant concentrations of "forever chemicals." 

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The research revealed that a considerable number of these locations have water samples with levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) that exceed recommended limits. 

Contain concentrations

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This information was published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Researchers have noted that a significant number of these areas with heightened levels of PFAS contain concentrations that exceed safe limits. PFAS, which are utilized to enhance the resistance of products to heat, oil, stains, grease, and water, can be found in various household items such as nonstick cookware, toilet paper, food packaging, cosmetics, and dental floss.