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The scientific community’s understanding of the health and environmental effects of PFAS is evolving at a rapid pace. At the same time, researchers are developing new technologies to assess and remediate PFAS contamination. This section provides the latest updates on developments in PFAS-related science and technology.

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Desulfonation and defluorination of 6:2 fluorotelomer sulfonic acid (6:2 FTSA) by Rhodococcus jostii RHA1: Carbon and sulfur sources, enzymes, and pathways

The compound 6:2 FTSA (6:2 Fluorotelomer Sulfonic Acid) is an important PFAS as it is used in a majority of contemporary products including AFFF formulations and chromium plating anti-mist solutions. This study shows that used microorganisims are able to completely degrade the 6:2 FTSA rapidly leading to a series of PFAS terminal metabolites. All parties interested in PFAS contamination by this compound and remediation would have an interest in this topic.

February 5, 2022 | Journal of Hazardous Materials