- What kinds of chemicals do you use at home?
- How do you get rid of harmful chemicals at home?
- leak /leek/
- investigate /in-VES-ti-geyt/
- substance /SUHB-stuhns/
- severe /suh-VEER/
- profit /PROF-it/
[verb] – (of a liquid or gas) to escape from a hole or crack in a pipe or container; (of a container) to allow liquid or gas to escape
The pipe was leaking with water.
[verb] – to examine a crime, problem, statement, etc. carefully, especially to discover the truth
Police are investigating allegations of senior executives being corrupted.
[noun] – material with particular physical characteristics
This substance can be shaped into any shape you like.
[adjective] – causing very great pain, difficulty, worry, damage, etc.; very serious
This is a school for children who have severe learning disabilities.
[noun] – money that is earned in trade or business after paying the costs of producing and selling goods and services
She makes a lot of profit by selling garbage to textile industries.
Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a broad class of chemicals. There are thousands of these fluorine-based chemicals, and they’ve been found in everything from drinking water to dust to human blood, earning them the name “forever chemicals.” PFAS is almost certainly found in your home and body. As depicted in the 2019 film Dark Waters, health concerns can be particularly severe in areas of land where PFAS are disposed of or used often. These chemicals have been linked to health issues like liver damage, kidney cancer, and birth defects, and they can be found in everything from food packaging to cosmetics and furniture.
According to Jonatan Kleimark, a senior chemistry and business advisor at ChemSec, a Swedish non-profit organization advocating for safer chemical use, deciphering chemical compound labels and names is almost hard for the average person. “It’s a complicated subject for the average customer, and it’s something that’s rarely discussed,” Dr. Kleimark continues.
- What does PFAS stand for?
- According to the article, where are PFAS found?
- As depicted in the 2019 film Dark Waters, in what areas health concerns can be particularly severe?
- What kind of sicknesses are linked to these chemicals?
- Who is the senior chemistry and business advisor at ChemSec?
- Do you use nonstick frying pans at home? Why or why not?
- What kinds of chemicals are harmful to our bodies? Please explain your answer.
- If you had the power, would you phase out these harmful chemicals? Why or why not?
- Should you be worried about PFAS?
- In your opinion, how can we address this issue?