Scientists Research a Simpler Way to Destroy ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Live Science by Stephanie Pappas

University of CA – Synthetic compounds known as “forever chemicals” because they never break down in the environment can actually be destroyed — by beheading. Scientists discovered a simple destruction technique that works on 10 types of these chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Researchers hope that the method will expose weaknesses in even more PFAS-class substances, leading to paths for removing these chemicals from drinking water easily and cheaply. The researchers published their findings in the journal Science on Aug. 18.  For the full text, click here.