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  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8 and perfluorooctanoate, is a synthetic, stable perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant.
  • PFOA has been manufactured since the 1940s in industrial quantities. It is also formed by the degradation of precursors such as some fluorotelomers.
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has two main synthesis routes, electrochemical fluorination (ECF) and telomerization.
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a member of a family of perfluorinated chemicals that have a variety of applications.
  • PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is a surfactant and an essential polymerization aid used in very small quantities to help make fluoropolymers, which are high performance plastic and synthetic rubber materials.
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a member of the perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) family of compounds, is a strong surfactant that is used primarily as a processing aide in the manufacture of certain fluoropolymers.
  • It is also a possible degradation product of materials used for a variety of commercial and industrial applications, including use as fire-fighting foams, paint additives, surfactants, water, and stain repellants for use on clothing, upholstery, carpets, and as a coating on paper products for food containers.
  • PFOA is chiefly used by chemical companies and manufacturers to make fluoropolymers, which are utilized in the manufacture of non-stick cookware and breathable, stain resistant, all-weather clothing.
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a synthetic chemical that does not occur naturally in the environment.
  • Companies use PFOA to make fluoropolymers, which are substances with valuable properties for applications such as fire resistance and oil, stain, and grease repellence.
  • PFOA is highly persistent in the environment and has been found at very low levels in both the environment and in the blood of the general U.S. population.
  • PFOS and PFOA are best known for their use in the production of Teflon and other stain-resistant materials.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as international and state public health regulators have recently focused considerable attention on PFOA and PFOS, which are used for a wide variety of industrial, commercial, and consumer applications, because they are persistent, and bio-accumulative depending on the length of the carbon chain.
  • PFOA and related compounds have been used in a wide range of everyday consumer products for more than 40 years.
  • PFOA is used in the manufacture of fluoropolymers and fluoroelastomers and is present as a component of some of the top-antireflective coating materials in use today.

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