UF Researchers to Study PFAS’ Effect on Humans (The Gainesville Sun)

UF Researchers to Study PFAS’ Effect on Humans

While many Americans aren’t familiar with PFAS, this group of manufactured chemicals not only surrounds us but can be found in nearly everyone’s blood, a risk federal regulators want to understand better.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that studying these chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, is one of its main commitments. And a researcher from the University of Florida was chosen to head one of the efforts to understand the synthetic chemical’s impact.

Timothy Townsend, Ph.D., a UF environmental engineering professor, is spearheading a 3-year project to study what happens when PFAS enters a solid waste stream and a landfill.

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