The Rutgers School of Public Health will be studying the health effects from drinking water contaminated by PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in Paulsboro, NJ and other sites in Gloucester County. The study is part of a multisite study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at 8 locations across the US. The Paulsboro PFAS Health Study is anticipated to begin in early 2021.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and manufacturing of consumer products since the 1950s, including some cosmetics; water, grease and oil-resistant products; and firefighting foam. The most commonly studied PFAS are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Their production and use has been phased out in the United States. Other PFAS chemicals include PFNA, which was found in the drinking water in Paulsboro in 2009 and 2013. The contaminated well was shut down in April 2014 and reopened with filtration in June of 2016.
Health impacts of PFNA are less known, however some studies have shown that PFAS may:
We have much to learn about the potential health effects of exposure to PFAS, specifically PFNA
Paulsboro was selected for the study because residents were exposed to drinking water that contained PFAS.
The study will recruit community members to evaluate their PFAS blood levels and various health measures to learn how PFAS may affect health
We want to understand more about the health effects of PFAS because there is little known and some studies have shown that PFAS may be harmful.
An adult aged 18 or older who lived in Paulsboro at any time from January 2005 to April of 2014.
A child aged 6 through 17 who has parent or guardian permission and who lived in Paulsboro at any time from conception to April of 2014.
May not be eligible if you worked in industry or were a firefighter, but please contact us to confirm.
A Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) will be made up of a majority of residents of Paulsboro
The CAP members will:
Possible additional opportunities: