Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

PFAS Water Contamination

Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of man-made toxic chemicals we use to make consumer products resistant to water, grease or stains, including Gore-Tex rain gear, Teflon non-stick cookware and Scotch guard stain-repellant for carpets or furniture fabric.

The biggest threat of exposure to PFAS is through drinking water; these chemicals are extremely persistent in the environment, which means they last a long time and harmful exposure is possible even after the active contamination has stopped.

Research has shown probable links between PFAS exposure and cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.


You can find more information on PFAS exposure, regulation, health threats, and what you can do, under our resources section, here or check out presentations from activists, experts and scientists that were presented during our 2017 PFAS Conference at Northeastern University!

PFAS Scientific Discovery

PFAS: New England Perspective – Sylvia Broude

Keynote Speaker – Linda S. Birnbaum

National Organization

State of the Sciences

Community Organizing – Military

Community Organizing – Military (2)

Source identification

Source Identification (2)

Source Identification (3)

Social & Scientific Discovery Broad Coalition

PFAS Scientific Discovery

Role of Local, State and Federal Agencies

Role of Local State and Federal Agencies (Military)

Community Organizing Industrial Sites

Community Organizing – Industrial Sites (2)

Media Coverage


You can watch the conference via our Youtube channel HERE!