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IPFS News Link • Environmental Protection Agency-E.P.A

"Forever Chemicals" Test The Fate of America's Drinking Water

•, By Jefferey Jaxen

"Forever chemicals" are man-made chemicals and substances that do not break down after they are released into the environment and they build up in our blood and organs.

Our friends at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) call these substances PFAS (from "perfluoroalkyl  and polyfluoroalkyl substances"). They are exclusively man-made chemicals, and include an army of acronyms like PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals.

It's all bad. Exposure to PFAS increases the risk of cancer. It harms the development of the fetus. It harms the immune system. Biomonitoring studies by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the blood of nearly all Americans is contaminated with PFAS.

There has been scientific research, including epidemiological studies, that shows early life PFAS exposure damages the immune system and decreases the response to vaccines.