Daily exposure to PFAS could cost Americans billions in health care costs

A recent study published in the scientific journal Exposure and Health shows that Americans spend billions of dollars a year to respond to health problems caused by exposure to so-called perennial chemicals.

The research, conducted by New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, linked nearly $63 billion in health care costs to 13 conditions that can be caused or worsened by PFAS exposure.

PFAS are a group of more than 100 chemicals that do not break down easily in the environment; perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are most commonly found in common materials. The chemicals are found in many everyday products, such as waterproof food packaging, non-stick pans and waterproof jackets.

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