Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants

PFAS Contamination Site Tracker

Click here to view the Northeastern SSEHRI PFAS Contamination Site Tracker

The PFAS research team at Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Institute (SSEHRI) is currently conducting a multi-year study on PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) as an emerging class of contaminants, while specifically investigating the social discovery surrounding episodes of contamination. As the project progresses and data is collected from contamination sites around the world, a Google document will be updated as new information becomes available and additional sites are discovered.

Thank you for your interest in the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, compiled by the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University. The PFAS Contamination Site Tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, community response, and government response. The goal of this database is to compile information and support public understanding of the rapidly unfolding issue of PFAS contamination. All data presented in the chart were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker. While we regularly update the Tracker and strive to include information that is as accurate as possible, some sites may be missing and/or contain information that is incorrect or outdated. Each row contains the date in which it was last updated in Column “O”. The PFAS Contamination Site Tracker is not intended to be used for legal purposes.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions of new sites or edits to sites we already list. Please email us at pfasproject@gmail.com with any comments, questions, or information you wish to contribute.

Important Terminology & Abbreviations

PFC: Perfluorinated Chemicals
PFAS: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
PFOA: Perfluorooctanoic Acid
PFOS: Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid
PFBA: Perfluorobutanoic Acid
PFBS: Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid
PFDA: Perfluorodecanoic Acid
PFHpA: Perfluoroheptanoic Acid
PFHpS: Perfluoroheptanesulfonate
PFHxA: Perfluorohexanoic Acid
PFHxDA: Perfluorohexadecanoic Acid
PFHxS: Perfluorohexane Sulfonate
PFNA: Perfluorononanoic Acid
PFPeA: Perfluoro-n-pentanoic Acid
PFTeA: Perfluorotetradecanoic Acid
AFFF: Aqueous Film Forming Foam (firefighting foam)
TCE: Trichloroethylene
DES: Department of Environmental Services
DEP: Department of Environmental Protection
DEC: Department of Environmental Conservation
DoH: Department of Health
DoD: Department of Defense
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA PHA: Environmental Protection Agency Public Health Advisory
ATSDR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
UCMR: Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
Superfund: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
EWG: Environmental Working Group

Please email pfasproject@gmail.com if you know of a site that is not listed or would like to download the document.

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