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There have been no detections at or above EPA minimum reporting levels.

So, what are PFAS?

So, what are PFAS?

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1940s because of their useful properties. There are thousands of different PFAS compounds, some of which have been more widely used and studied than others.

Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) are two of the most widely used and studied chemicals in the PFAS group. Both have been phased out of use in the United States and replaced with other compounds in recent years.

One common characteristic of PFAS chemicals that is of concern is that many are resistant to breaking down in the environment and, over time, can build up in plants, animals (including the human body), and the environment.

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While the science behind this emerging global issue of PFAS is still being studied, the City is taking early steps to share our testing data with the Albany community. We also continue to work with Federal and State regulators and other stakeholders, to understand, identify, and mitigate the impacts of PFAS on our community and vital water infrastructure systems.

We are sharing this webpage with you to help develop action plans as more information and science-based best practices become available and to bring greater awareness to the potential risks of PFAS in the Albany community.



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