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Thermal Treatment of PFAS in Environmental Media: A review of the state-of-the-science
Mills, Marc A., D. Bless, K. Dasu, D. P. Siriwardena, AND A. Dinal. Thermal Treatment of PFAS in Environmental Media: A review of the state-of-the-science. Workshop: Thermal state of the Science, Cincinnati,OH, February 25, 2020.
Due to the unique and atypical properties of PFAS, there is a need for research, development, and implementation of existing and innovative technologies to effectively treat PFAS in contaminated media. Thermal treatment technologies are common remediation approaches for contaminated media and waste. Limited information exists on the efficacy, potential atmospheric emissions, operational conditions, costs, etc. for thermal treatment technologies specifically targeted for PFAS. The purpose of this workshop is to review the state-of-the-science review on thermal treatment technologies for PFAS and to identify data gaps to focus further research.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been in use since the 1940s. PFAS are (or have been) found in a wide array of consumer products like cookware, food packaging, and stain and water repellants used in fabrics, carpets and outerwear. PFAS can also be found at manufacturing and processing facilities, and airports and military installations that use firefighting foams which contain PFAS. Because of their widespread use and environmental?persistence, most people have been exposed. Some PFAS chemicals can accumulate and can stay ?in the human body for long periods of time. There is evidence that exposure to certain PFAS ?may lead to adverse health effects.