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PFAS Chemical Producers Under Criminal Investigation

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The EPA is pushing multiple criminal investigations against manufacturers of fluorinated chemicals; 3M, which also makes fluoride treatments for teeth, is one of them
  • Chemours, the spinoff company from the Dow Chemical/DuPont merger, sought legal remedy against DuPont claiming the estimate for cleanup was "spectacularly wrong"
  • Perfluorinated chemicals leak from plastic packaging into foods, disrupting hormones and contributing to diabetes, obesity, cancer and neurological disorders
  • Data show PFOA and PFOS, which were phased out of production but are still in the environment, have five characteristics associated with triggering cancer
  • Two consensus statements signed by more than 230 scientists worldwide in the past five years have warned of the dangers from plastics; take precautions to limit your exposure

It may sometimes look like alphabet soup when scientists begin writing about perfluorinated chemicals, historically abbreviated PFC. Interestingly, the abbreviation PFC refers to two similar, yet distinctly different chemicals: perfluorinated chemicals and perfluorocarbons.

Perfluorinated chemicals include perfluorocarbons and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, such as PFOA and PFOS. To reduce confusion, the EPA made the move to use “PFAS” to refer to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances that describe chemicals in this group, including perfluorocarbons.

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