PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) is used to make fluoropolymers, substances with special properties that have hundreds of important manufacturing and industrial applications. Fluoropolymers impart valuable properties, including fire resistance and oil, stain, grease, and water repellency. They are used to provide non-stick surfaces on cookware (e.g., Teflon) and waterproof, breathable membranes for clothing, and are used in many industry segments, including the aerospace, automotive, building/construction, chemical processing, electronics, semiconductors, and textile industries.
For additional information, please see:
- Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Your Environment
- Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS
- Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – from EPA’s Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA Share webpage
- 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program
- Teflon and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Exit– From the American Cancer Society