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. 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