PFAS, created by DuPont in 1938 and put into use for tough nonstick cookware, now exists in an estimated 5,000 varieties.
PFAS used in coatings meant to protect consumer goods have potential links a range of illnesses.
Significant amounts of toxic chemicals have been found in public water supplies in 33 US states: these compounds have been moved up as a national priority.
Sampling has found perfluoroalkyl, polyfluoroalkylcontamination in water around military bases, factories and other sites.
End federal exemptions that allow such chemicals in clothes and other textiles: Environmental Defence