Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are manmade chemicals found in many industrial and consumer products because they increase resistance to heat, stains, water and grease. Uses include keeping food from sticking to cookware, making sofas and carpets resistant to stains, and making clothes and mattresses more waterproof. PFAS are also found in some food packaging and firefighting materials.
The Defense Department has invested significant effort into understanding and addressing the challenges posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
The Defense Department is working to develop new technologies that can speed up the cleanup effort, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment and energy resilience said.
The Defense Department hosted an online forum that allowed for an open and transparent dialogue between the department and stakeholders affected by the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
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