Study Finds Cancer-Linked PFAS In #NewtownPA Neshaminy Creek | Newtown News of Interest |

The Neshaminy Creek has been named in a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey of state streams that contain man-made "forever chemicals," which have been linked to infertility, thyroid problems, and several types of cancer.


The study found that the highest concentrations of PFAS in sampled streams were in the Philadelphia region: the highest was found in Valley Creek in Chester County, and the researchers also noted the Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County (Newtown).


The 40.7-mile-long stream runs entirely through Bucks County, rising south of Chalfont, where its north and west branches join. The Neshaminy Creek flows southeast toward Bristol Township and Bensalem Township to its confluence with the Delaware River.


The study analyzed surface water samples from 161 Pennsylvania streams for 33 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and water chemistry. At least one PFAS was detected in 76 percent of the sampled streams, the analysis found.


PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because of their durability in high heat and water, which means they remain in the environment for years without breaking down. They’re found in thousands of consumer products — cookware, cosmetics, food packaging, outdoor apparel, and carpets among them — as well as in firefighting foams.


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