EDITORIAL: Progress on PFAS pollution
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Many on the Seacoast first learned about perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in 2014, when the U.S. Air Force began testing and discovered chemicals in drinking water at Pease International Tradeport.
Since 2015, as EPA-mandated testing has taken place across the nation, we’ve learned more than we probably ever wanted to know about perflurochemicals, often referred to as PFAS.
Since high PFAS levels were found at the Haven well at Pease we have learned the chemicals, prized for their non-stick properties, have been used widely since the 1950s — and they’re everywhere.