Sauder Schelkopf is investigating the impact of PFAS, perfluoroalkyl, and polyfluoroalkyl substances, on Walnut Grove Estates’ water supply. As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, PFAS have been detected by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the well water of numerous homes in the Benner Township neighborhood. It is alleged that PFAS have contaminated the water because of the neighborhood’s proximity to industrial sites, as well as the carcinogen’s usage in firefighting foam at the adjacent University Park Airport, which is Penn State-owned. A report also noted that PFAS can impact fertility and liver function in addition to being carcinogenic. Residents interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer have reported health issues that may possibly be linked to the PFAS, which have the capacity to remain in the body for an extended period of time. It is alleged that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania discovered the presence of these carcinogens in 2019. Still, the Department of Environmental Protection did not begin residential testing until 2021, leaving several Pennsylvanians susceptible to the PFAS effects.
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