- October 4, 2019
Urgent action needed on highly persistent PFAS chemicals
A new CHEM Trust briefing highlights the threats posed to the environment and human health by a family of over 4,000 highly persistent chemicals: PFAS (Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances), also known as the ‘forever chemicals’
CHEM Trust is extremely concerned that, because of their high persistence, this group of chemicals could lead to a situation where their adverse effects could last for generations if urgent action, such as a global ban, is not taken.
This briefing summarises the current scientific knowledge on this chemical group and the evidence behind these concerns (including the knowledge gaps). We also recommend actions that must be taken to better protect people and wildlife from these chemicals.
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