The focus on PFAS production and its impact on the environment has been growing in the past few years. There are an increasing number of bans, fines and public hearings related to PFAS. None of that should be a surprise. People are understandably mad after learning their groundwater is contaminated — and in some cases has been for decades.
Our sister paper Rubber News recently hosted PFAS Live, a special online livestream conference to provide in-depth conversations on the state of PFAS. A replay of the 90-minute event is available here.
RN Editor Bruce Meyer has a roundup of key takeaways from the event if you don't have time to watch it now.
Issues surrounding these "forever chemicals" are complex, as you'd expect — that even includes defining what materials fall under the PFAS label. It is important that the industry get involved in discussions regarding the materials, speakers said.
"We have a challenging problem," Peter Schmitt, managing director at Montesino, noted during PFAS Live. "The devil is in the details. And there's a risk of those details not being properly understood and the wrong scale being used to make decisions."