Due to PFAS’ ability to build up in the body, even small amounts consumed regularly and over a lifetime can result in measurable levels in exposed people. Scientists are still studying the health effects of exposure to PFAS. DoD is supporting these efforts, providing $70 million to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to conduct exposure assessments in the communities around eight current and former military installations and a multi-site health study.
DoD has also supported efforts to educate healthcare providers and their patients on PFAS exposure and potential health risks; monitoring PFAS exposure research and data; collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and other Federal agencies; and testing PFAS in DoD firefighters’ blood as required by Section 707 of the FY2020 NDAA. DoD issued policy and procedures for implementation of firefighter blood testing in September 2020 and PFAS blood testing is currently underway as part of their annual exams. Additional information on these efforts can be found here.
People should see their healthcare provider if they have any concerns with PFAS exposure and possible health effects. Visit https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Health-Readiness/Public-Health/PFAS for more information on PFAS health effects.