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Episode 8: PFAS Water Contamination

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a broad class of chemicals that have the ability to repel grease and water and have been used across industries for decades. PFAS are also found in the firefighting foam, aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), used at military bases to put out aircraft fires. PFAS are not biodegradable in the environment, meaning they are not broken down naturally. Instead, they move quickly through the Earth and into the water, where they persist indefinitely. As a result, tens of thousands of servicemembers and veterans may have been exposed to PFAS through military installations’ groundwater sources.

Learn more about PFAS water contamination on military bases and the health risks it poses to servicemembers and veterans by listening.