Tom Bruton, a senior scientist at Green Science Policy Institute, says data shows there are about 9,000 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that currently exist.
Bruton says the (PFAS) chemicals that first emerged in the 1930s and 1940s are often called forever chemicals and can be found in several different products: furniture, clothing and so much more.
“They have a special structure that makes them really persistent, so they break down very slowly in the environment, compared to other chemicals, and they stick around, and because of that, they can cause problems,” said Bruton on Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look.”
Bruton — who recently co-authored a new report about PFAS being found in most popular cosmetic products, even though almost none were listed on ingredient labels — talked with show host Rose Scott about the report and new legislation that could ban the chemicals from being used in products.
To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.