Question - Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are non-naturally occurring compounds that have been widely used in commercial products and industrial processes for over six decades. Where do these chemicals find their widest usage?
Answer - The cited article notes “They are used in water-, soil-, and stain-resistant coatings for clothing, leather, upholstery, and carpets; oil-resistant coatings for food contact paper; aviation hydraulic fluids; fire-fighting foams; paints, adhesives, waxes, polishes, and other products; and industrially as surfactants, emulsifiers, wetting agents, additives, and coatings.” (Post GB et al. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), an emerging drinking water contaminant: A critical review of recent literature. 2012 Env Research 116:93-117)