Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, used in nonstick cookware, firefighting foams, carpets and cosmetics, and many other products, present many threats to humans. These include increased risk of cancer, liver damage and increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease. The Shaw Institute began looking into PFAS contamination in 2009 by studying the health of seals. Our research showed PFAS chemicals in their tissues.
Shaw Institute is partnering with Cyclopure to offer PFAS testing of freshwater and residential water at a discount. Typical PFAS testing retails for $300-$350, our tests cost $100. We can test for up to 55 PFAS chemicals with results taking 7-10 days to be returned to us. This information will be used to inform local residents of the safety of their water, and to create a spatial distribution of the chemicals, which will aid in our ability to locate exposure sources. For more information on how to get involved, please contact us.