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Engineering’s Kurt Rhoads discussed the environmental impact of “forever chemicals”

Searching for answers to ‘forever chemicals’ – U.S. EPA heading toward regulation

photograph of Kurt Rhoads Kurt Rhoads, assistant professor of civil engineering, discussed perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances—more commonly known as “forever chemicals,” characterized as such because they don’t break down—and the long term impacts on the environment. “There’s been a kind of steady drumbeat of activism that is sort of reaching a peak,” he said.