Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are conducting two nationwide studies designed to assess public exposure to PFAS and possible health effects related to exposure. CDC/ATSDR are conducting research at select sites throughout the country, including Airway Heights, Wash. Airway Heights was selected for one of the studies, an exposure assessment, due to contamination that occurred at Fairchild Airforce base.
Public exposure to PFAS has been an increasing concern because of multiple sites throughout the United States where PFAS-contaminated drinking water has been found, typically related to PFAS production facilities or fire training areas where aqueous film forming foam (firefighting foam) was used.
CDC/ATSDR are conducting exposure assessments in eight communities associated with current or former military sites where PFAS exposure occurred, including Airway Heights. The assessment measures PFAS levels in the blood and urine of study volunteers exposed to contaminated drinking water and compares these findings to PFAS levels found in the general U.S. population. Researchers will also work to identify and assess factors affecting exposure.
For questions about PFAS, please see these frequently asked questions or call 509.324.1560, ext. 3. See the resources below to learn more about the PFAS exposure assessment.
PFAS Exposure Assessment Process (Infographic)