Title: Detecting, Limiting Exposure To, and Treating PFAS Contamination 
Resource Type: web links 
Language(s): English
Producers or distributor U.S. Government Accountability Office 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Producer country: USA 
Producer or distributor web link (root): https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-23-106970
Web link for product information: https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-23-106970  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Risk assessment overview
Contaminated land-->Site investigation-->Site investigation overview
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
Short description: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report on September 27, 2023, entitled “Persistent Chemicals: Detecting, Limiting Exposure To, and Treating PFAS Contamination.” According to GAO, examples of how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) enter the environment include: Manufacturing plants: Industrial processes can discharge PFAS-containing wastewater or emit PFAS into the air; Wastewater treatment plants: Effluent discharged from plants can contain PFAS; Agricultural lands: Biosolids used as fertilizer can contain PFAS and contaminate soil and water; Military or civilian airports: PFAS-containing firefighting foams can contaminate soil and water; and Landfills: PFAS-containing products (e.g., food packaging) disposed of without proper controls can contaminate soil and water. 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 06/10/2023

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