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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.


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. 

Public Meetings

The February 12 meeting is canceled due to weather and will be rescheduled. 

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