Seek Trustworthy Information
The internet is a powerful tool but can also be misused by individuals and organizations to spread fear and mistrust in government. The public should disregard disreputable sites that engage in fear mongering and false information to spread fear about PFAS for financial gain, such as from the sale of filtration systems.
The public should rely on reputable sources of information such as the MassDEP, the CDC, their local water suppliers and the Massachusetts Water Works Association. Here is a list of helpful links:
MassDEP PFAS Information. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas
Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). PFAS. https://www.itrcweb.org/Team/Public?teamID=78
Association of State Drinking Water Administrators PFAS webpage https://www.asdwa.org/pfas/
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency https://www.epa.gov/pfas
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Statement for PFOS and PFOA can be found at: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/index.html
The Food and Drug Administration Questions and Answers on PFAS in Food. https://www.fda.gov/food/chemicals/questions-and-answers-pfas-food
For additional information on possible health effects, you may contact the Massachusetts Department Environmental Protection, Office of Research and Standards at 617-556-1165.
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