USGS Laboratory for the Analysis of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
The U.S. Geological Survey laboratory for the analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) uses cutting-edge techniques to analyze environmental samples including tissues, plasma, water, and soils to undertake and support research projects across the country.
PFAS are emerging contaminants of concern that can be found in air, rain, lakes, rivers, groundwater, soils, and in products we use every day, like non-stick pans and popcorn bags. PFAS exposure has been associated with a variety of human and ecosystem health effects, making it very important to have good analytical methods to ensure the data is of the highest quality.
This short video outlines the types of research questions the laboratory works towards addressing and briefly outlines some of the techniques employed to ensure high-quality data is generated.
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