Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances are a family of substances more commonly known as PFAS. These chemicals include thousands of different substances that are intentionally designed to be long-lasting and to make products more durable. Colloquially, PFAS are referred to as the “forever chemicals.”
The problem with PFAS chemicals alleged by Plaintiffs in litigation is that they are nearly impossible to remove once they are in the ground or the human body. Plaintiffs allege that PFAS have an extremely long half-life, and leave the human body slowly and that, over time, the levels of these chemicals can build up in the body. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies PFAS as a “possible carcinogen.” Furthermore, although it is possible to clean up PFAS, the costs are prohibitively expensive.
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