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Research on Exposure to Perfluorinated Chemicals

PFC Exposure Research

EPA scientists develop sensitive analytical methods to

  • detect perfluorinated chemicals (PFC),
  • determine break-down of precursor fluoropolymers into PFCs,
  • determine PFC levels in consumer products, and
  • evaluate the relationship between PFC levels in freshwater and the health of fish populations.

Reliable methods to minimize the discharge of PFCs in the wastewater treatment processes are now available. Researchers work with partners to assess if PFCs can be transferred to edible crops in the field from biosoils laden with these chemicals.