PFAS Media Briefing - Highlights

Selected clips from SciLine’s media briefing on November 27, 2018. (Back to main briefing page)


Where does PFAS contamination come from?

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

PFAS is class of contaminants found in a wide range of common household and industry products. People can become exposed to PFAS through various routes - many of which are still poorly understood. Here, Dr. Linda Birnbaum answers: Where does PFAS come from and how are people exposed?

Are there any solutions to address the PFAS problem?

Dr. Rainer Lohmann, University of Rhode Island

Communities in several states have recently reported concerning levels of PFAS in their drinking water. While some point-of-use solutions have been identified, there are few viable options available for treating the problem at the source. Here, Dr. Lohmann answers the question: Are there any solutions to address the PFAS problem?

How can you protect yourself from PFAS exposure?

Dr. Jamie DeWitt, East Carolina University

Some studies have linked PFAS exposure to altered fetal development, higher cancer risks, and fertility issues. But the science is nascent and only a fraction of the many types of PFAS have been thoroughly researched. Here, Dr. DeWitt answers the question: What can people do to protect themselves from PFAS exposure?