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Arizona engineers make drinking water safer

from Water & Wastes Digest

For decades, chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were used in many things from carpets to frying pans to firefighting chemicals for their ability to repel water and oil. However, this was before a wide array of negative health effects ranging from cancer and low birth weights to effects on the immune system were discovered in some kinds of PFAS. Using a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, chemical and environmental engineering professor Reyes Sierra is leading a team in developing a new method for removing PFAS contaminants from groundwater, according to UANews. more

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