What is PFAS and Why Does It Matter?

Scott Green, PG delivers a brief overview about the PFAS chemicals. Scott discusses what PFAS is, where it comes from, and the potential environmental impacts it poses.

What is PFAS?

PFAS are per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in a variety of products due to their resistance to oil, water, heat, and stains.

When was PFAS made?

These chemicals were first developed in the 1930s by DuPont. One of the first PFAS products was Scotchgard, introduced in 1952 and used as a stain repellent for fabric and upholstery.

Where is PFAS found?

PFAS are found in a wide variety of products, they’re ubiquitous. They’re found in nonstick cookware, firefighting foams, and fast-food packaging, among other things.

Why is PFAS a problem?

The problem with PFAS chemicals is that they accumulate in the environment for long periods of time due to their inability to break down, and they accumulate in the blood of humans and wildlife.

What risk does PFAS pose to human health?

Exposure to PFAS has been linked to negative human health effects, including a higher risk of cancer, immune disorders, and developmental problems.

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Scott Green

Market Area Director - Insurance

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Scott is an accomplished environmental consultant, licensed Professional Geologist, and project manager with more than 25 years of experience. He has expertise in the pollution insurance industry, having worked for AIG for 13 years providing in-house technical consultation and remediation oversight services for claims throughout the U.S. Specifically, he develops detailed annual and life-cycle cost estimates, pollution event cost allocations in addition to providing technical support to claims analysts during coverage determination. Scott has evaluated hundreds of claims pertaining to whether incurred pollution costs were reasonable, customary, and consistent with industry standards and whether the work performed was required by environmental law. Scott has worked closely with claims analysts and their insured’s to provide closure option evaluation. He also supports First Environment’s litigation support and expert testimony group; for example, he has implemented 3-D computer model visualization using Environmental Visualization System and animation to describe subsurface conditions for the purposes of litigation. Scott is a member of the ASTM International D18 Soil and Rock subcommittee and provides input to the development of new industry environmental and geotechnical standards.