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PFAS expert provides local and national perspectives

October 27, 2017

Ginny Yingling from the Minnesota Department of Health visited Barr to talk about current state and national efforts to understand and clean up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). For more than 50 years, these chemicals were widely used to make products that resist heat, stains, oil, grease, and water. They are still used in fire-fighting foams and by the chrome-plating industry.
 
Globally distributed, PFAS do not break down and are almost universally detected in human blood samples in North America, Europe, and Asia. Animal and human-correlation studies suggest they may have developmental and immune system effects and may be linked to other serious health issues. 

Ginny reports that “we’re still on the front end of the learning curve for PFAS” and that regulatory standards and analytical and sampling methods are evolving. She co-chairs a PFAS team for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). Visit the ITRC website for more information.

PFAS expert provides local and national perspectives