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What You Need To Know About PFAS In North Carolina

January 12, 2024

Here at HALO, we take pride in keeping our partners and customers up to date on the latest news within the Water Quality industry. Whether that is on the latest trends or the quality of the local area’s water supply, we want you to stay informed about what is happening. Today, our experts are here to fill you in on a recent finding happening in North Carolina. In a recent revelation surrounding a Chemours plant in North Carolina, researchers uncovered at least 11 unknown PFAS compounds, “forever chemicals.” This discovery highlights a critical gap in our understanding of water contamination that HALO is determined to address head-on.

Unfamiliar with PFAS? Here’s What You Need To Know 

PFAS stands for Per- and polyfluoralkyl substances. They represent a class of human-made chemicals renowned for their unique structure and remarkable resistance to environmental degradation. Comprising about 15,000 different compounds, PFAS have been extensively used in various industrial applications due to their water- and grease-resistant properties.

PFAS, notorious for their resistance to degradation and association with severe health issues, poses a substantial risk. The recent findings emphasize the limitations of conventional testing methods, leaving potentially harmful compounds unnoticed in our water sources.

At HALO, we’ve always been at the forefront of water treatment innovation. Our commitment to water excellence goes beyond conventional standards, especially in the face of emerging threats like these undisclosed PFAS compounds. While traditional methods may allow these contaminants to flow through filters and into your water supply, HALO’s advanced systems are designed to catch and eliminate a broad spectrum of contaminants, providing comprehensive protection for you and your family.

What’s Going On In North Carolina? 

Researchers have identified at least 11 new types of PFAS “forever chemicals” contaminating water around a Chemours plant in North Carolina, indicating greater pollution than regulators previously found. The discovery suggests people may be exposed to more PFAS than originally estimated because current tests can miss many of these newly discovered compounds. PFAS, linked to health issues, is often used in water- and grease-resistant products.

Chemours, associated with contaminating air, soil, and water, face allegations of causing widespread sickness. Residents, allowed to proceed with a class-action lawsuit, urge a UN investigation. The study emphasizes potential gaps in detecting PFAS, raising questions about manufacturers producing undetectable compounds. The EPA’s recent permit allowing Chemours to import PFAS waste underscores a little-considered risk. Ongoing studies will determine the new PFAS’ toxicity and persistence in the environment.

How Can A HALO Help Combat PFAS? 

In response to the growing concern over PFAS contamination, HALO Water Systems offers a robust solution to safeguard homes and communities. Our state-of-the-art water filtration system, notably the HALO Defender, is designed with precision to tackle a spectrum of contaminants, including PFAS. HALO’s commitment to water purity goes beyond conventional filtration We have cutting-edge technology that specifically targets and removes PFAS compounds. With HALO, households can enjoy the assurance of water that not only meets but exceeds the highest quality standards, providing peace of mind in the face of emerging water quality challenges.

HALO doesn’t stop at filtration systems, we take pride in empowering communities to take action when it comes to their water quality. We are dedicated to raising awareness about water quality issues, including the risks associated with PFAS. Through educational initiatives, we ensure that our Certified Partners and homeowners are informed and equipped to make proactive decisions regarding their water sources. HALO’s approach combines cutting-edge technology, personalized solutions, and community education, reinforcing our commitment to delivering clean, safe, and healthy water to every HALO household. 

Sources: The Guardian. (2023, October 27). Chemours plant in North Carolina linked to new PFAS contaminants. Environment.