According to the EPA, PFAS exposure is particularly concerning for young children, who are more susceptible due to their developing bodies and at risk for higher levels of exposure than adults. PFAS, which continue to accumulate in the human body, pose long-term health risks.

A preliminary experiment conducted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reveals concerning levels of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on the skin of soccer players and coaches after playing on artificial turf fields.

The Washington Post reported on March 12 on the PEER test results, which found PFAS levels increased on the skin in three out of four participants following soccer matches on artificial turf. In contrast, no similar increase was observed after games on natural grass fields.

The presence of PFAS is alarming due to their association with several serious health issues, including cancer, birth defects and developmental and immune deficiencies, among others.

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