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PFAS basics

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PFAS basics

If you have just started hearing about PFAS and aren't sure where to begin, this is the page for you. Find out what PFAS are, how they're in our environment, and what you can do to protect yourself and your community.

EGLE Classroom: Introduction to PFAS

You've probably heard about PFAS in the news, but what are they and where do they come from? PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of man-made chemicals used in making things like firefighting foam, stain repellants, and non-stick cookware. PFAS can't break down easily in the environment and some PFAS can build-up in our bodies, which can lead to health risks.
EGLE Classroom: Introduction to PFAS Video

PFAS and you

How does PFAS stay in our environment?

PFAS originates from industries that either produce or use them in their products. This graphic shows how PFAS cycle through our environment.

PFAS exposure and your health

Research is still on-going to fully understand the effects that PFAS might have on health.

Learn about groundwater flow and how a plume spreads Video

Learn about groundwater flow and how a plume spreads

Watch the video to learn why some communities are affected differently by PFAS contamination, and why your results can differ even from your next door neighbor.

Introduction to PFAS 101: community awareness information

This handout provides a mixture of content found on the MPART website as well as additional links to organizations, nonprofits, academic institutions, and other PFAS resources.

This handout was created by the Citizens Advisory Workgroup for informational purposes only. The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is not responsible for its content, does not endorse the content of this document, and does not attest to the accuracy of any information linked to from this document.

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Still have questions?

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Ready to take action?

There are many ways you can take action to protect yourself and your community from PFAS. Even small changes can make a big impact to how you're exposed.

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