Multi-site health study on local drinking water recruiting eligible participants

The Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base closed in 2011, but its existence may be preserved by “forever chemicals” in our local drinking supply, according to coverage by NBC News.

The chemicals, colloquially known as PFAS, are a class of synthetic chemicals used since the 1940s to make water, heat, and stain resistant products such as cookware, carpets, clothing, furniture fabrics, paper packaging for food, and other resistant materials. These chemicals are persistent in the human body and throughout the environment, and have been found in higher concentrations in areas with military bases.

Though PFAS have been associated with adverse health effects, questions for regulatory bodies remain at the fore of research efforts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry are recruiting participants for a national study on PFAS’ health effects. This is the first national study examining how PFAS-contaminated drinking water could affect children and adults.

For more information on registration and the study itself, visit https://papfas.rti.org.