Article | July 29, 2016

Emerging Contaminants: PFOS AND PFOA

Source: Calgon Carbon Corporation

Emerging Contaminants: PFOS AND PFOA

WHAT ARE PERFLUORINATED COMPOUNDS (PFCS)?

PFCS are manmade fully fluorinated compounds which are not naturally found in the environment, are used in a variety of products such as fire fighting foams, coating additives as a surface-activeagent. PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) are the most commonly produced PFCs, and large amounts of PFCs have been produced during past manufacturing processes and released to the air, soil and water.