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Insurance brokers who operate in the environmental liability space, and insureds with potential pollution exposures, are now well-versed in the research and risks linked to "forever chemicals."

Also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS or PFASs), these compounds have long been used in manufacturing because they resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. From cookware to fire-fighting gear, the practical applications are vast, and so the chemicals continue to be popular in the United States despite the science linking them to environmental and health concerns including cancer.

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].