Jun 29, 2018

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a broad class of fluorine-rich specialty chemicals. More than 4,700 PFAS are used in consumer, commercial and industrial applications. Well-studied members of the perfluoroalkyl family, including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), have been shown to be highly toxic. Use is shifting to alternatives to PFOS and PFOA, including shorter-chain perfluoroalkyl chemicals and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals. This report compiled existing Bay PFAS data collected by the RMP and other organizations, reviewed the classification of PFAS detected in the Bay using the RMP’s tiered risk framework that guides monitoring and management actions on emerging contaminants, and recommended a monitoring strategy for the RMP for PFAS. 

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Clean Water Program