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DEP’s Efforts to Address PFOA and PFOS in the Environment

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is committed to the protection of the groundwater resources of the state and the public health and safety of our residents. As part of these efforts, DEP’s Division of Waste Management routinely investigates sites where there is known or suspected soil and groundwater contamination statewide. 

The Division of Waste Management (DWM) has begun investigations to determine potential sources and environmental impacts related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a large class of complex man-made chemicals that have been used in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are part of the larger group of PFAS chemicals. While no longer manufactured in the United States, PFOA and PFOS were extensively used and manufactured since the 1940’s.  Common uses of PFAS included, stain and water repellents used in textile manufacturing, paper products, food packaging, and cookware. PFAS has also been used in numerous industrial processes, and in the formulation of fire suppressant foams.   

PFAS are stable chemicals that do not naturally degrade.  When released to the environment, PFAS can cause contamination to soil, groundwater, and surface water and these impacts may pose a risk to public health and the environment. 

DEP will continue its efforts to investigate and understand PFAS in the environment and the ecological and human health risks associated with PFAS contamination. This web page will be dedicated to making PFAS information readily available and accessible to the public regarding DEP’s efforts. DEP is committed to providing timely information to the public regarding these efforts.

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September 16, 2020 - 11:32am

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