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PFAS: What They Are

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals, are resistant to heat, water and oil, and persist in the environment and the human body.  PFAS are not found naturally in the environment. They have been used to make cookware, carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food, and other materials that are resistant to water, grease, or stains. They are also used in firefighting foams and in a number of industrial processes.



Statewide PFAS Sampling Plan

DEP has announced a plan to sample public water supplies that have elevated potential for contamination, based on proximity to common sources of PFAS, such as military bases, fire training sites, landfills, and manufacturing facilities. The sampling plan will begin collecting information in May 2019, and the first planned phase will last approximately one year.

PFAS Action Team

 In September 2018, Governor Tom Wolf formed the PFAS Action Team address growing national concerns surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Action Team will be led by the secretaries of Environmental Protection, Health, Military and Veteran Affairs, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture, and the State Fire Commissioner. 

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Public Meetings

Monday, April 15 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Abington Senior High School Auditorium, 900 Highland Ave., Abington PA 19001

November 30, 2018 Meeting – 9:00 AM-1:00 PM – Rachel Carson State Office Building Room 105, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg PA 17105.