PFAS: Possible breakthrough to destroy harmful 'forever chemicals'
Chemists have identified how to destroy "forever chemicals" in a low-cost way for the first time, new research says.
By Esme Stallard
BBC News Climate and Science
Scientists have linked exposure to the substances, known as PFAS, at certain levels to serious health risks, including cancer and birth defects.
Their resistance to water, oil and stains make them highly useful. PFAS are used in hundreds of everyday objects from frying pans to make-up.
But it is these properties that make them so difficult to destroy.
Sodium hydroxide, aka lye, isn't completely harmless, but if it can be used to decompose PFAs I'm all for it.
Since the contamination is ubiquitous, continously flow methods are best.
What bothers me most is that Teflon cooking equipment is still being sold everywhere. And supposedly some brands of dental floss. I wish these products were all banned.