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‘Canary in a coal mine’: Scientists test alligators for PFAS chemical compounds

By May 6, 2021May 9th, 2021PFAS in the news

In new studies on wildlife, researchers have found evidence that exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, could harm an animal’s immune system.

Alligators in the lower Cape Fear River had changes in their immune system that could indicate the development of autoimmune-like diseases in response to exposure to high-levels of the contaminants, according to information presented at a forum Tuesday related to the PFAS compound.

The PFAS family of chemicals has been used in products for decades. The compounds have been used to make cookware, food packaging, stain repellents and other products. Read more…