PFAS Action Plan

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed this action plan to protect the health of Iowa residents and the environment from a class of chemicals of emerging concern known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (commonly referred to as PFAS). These chemicals were used in such products as non-stick coatings, carpet, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food, chrome plating, and some firefighting foams.

DNR takes the risks from these “forever chemicals” to human health and the environment very seriously. The existing body of scientific literature suggests that exposure to these compounds may result in health effects such as developmental defects in fetuses and infants as well as certain types of cancer. Based on sampling data to date, the presence of PFAS in drinking water in the state of Iowa is minimal. While other states have moved ahead with significant regulatory initiatives due to the high levels of known PFAS contamination in those states, the scope of the problem in Iowa appears to be lower at this point. However, in order to address this risk, DNR is moving forward with this action plan as a first step toward developing a comprehensive response plan.

PFAS Action Plan