Tackling PFAS, the "forever chemicals" in soil and water, Belgium

PFAS is an acronym for a large family of manmade chemicals (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) that all feature the carbon-fluorine bond, one of the strongest bonds in nature. They resist degradation in the environment, which is where they get their nickname "forever chemicals".

They are used in firefighting foams, protective coatings, films, and consumer products like stain-resistant garments and carpets. After decades of widespread use, PFAS are ubiquitous - they are in things you touch, eat, and breathe. Studies have shown negative health outcomes with low levels of chronic exposure.