Read the full article by Christina Tuser (Water & Wastes Digest)

“The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has identified more than 1,500 textile mills that may be releasing the per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS).

The EWG analysis follows a recent report by Toxic-Free Future finding PFAS in coats, tablecloths, bedding and other textiles. 

EWG’s analysis is based on a review of government data released by the U.S. EPA. EWG found 1,501 manufacturers of textiles may be discharging PFAS, and there are currently no standards that limit PFAS discharges into air and water by textile mills, reported EWG

Overall, EWG has found 29,900 industrial sites that could be using PFAS. The textile industry is a significant user of PFAS chemicals, according to EWG, but the extent of the PFAS discharges from textile mills are unclear.

These sites include: electroplating and polishing, petroleum stations and terminals, chemical manufacturers, metal product makers, commercial printing facilities, plastics and resin manufacturing sites, paint and coating manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and electrical component makers.”…