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Although useful, PFAS or highly fluorinated chemicals are associated with serious health harm and can remain in the environment forever.

Latest News

FDA announces voluntary phase out of PFAS used in food packaging

3 Aug 2020 | Food Poisoning Bulletin

Three manufacturers have agreed to a 3 year phase out of PFAS by gradually eliminating their sales of compounds that contain 6:2 FTOH for use as food contact substances. This phase out will begin in 2021. It may take up to 18 months after that three year time frame to exhaust existing stocks of products.

Preliminary study: State’s highest levels of ‘forever chemicals’ found in Cape Fear’s raw water supply

2 Aug 2020 | Port City Daily

The high level was attributed to PFAS chemicals coming from discharges at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant.

Settlement With DuPont Likely on PFAS Liability, Chemours Says

31 Jul 2020 | Bloomberg Law

The Chemours Co. and DuPont likely will reach a settlement in a lawsuit where Chemours claims its former parent saddled it with millions of dollars to clean upper- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the environment, the company’s chief executive officer said Friday.

Maine looks to be first in nation with PFAS statute of limitations

28 Jul 2020 | National Law Review

The PFAS statute of limitations bill is being heard on an emergency basis after growing public outcry earlier in 2020 when a few milk farms learned that their milk was tainted with PFAS.

Toxic ‘forever’ chemicals pose risks to Rhode Islanders

27 Jul 2020 | ecoRI News

PFAS are in a significant portion of the state’s drinking water. More than 40 percent of the schools tested had levels above the new recommended standard of 20 ppt.

Latest Science

Parental exposure to perfluorobutane sulfonate disturbs the transfer of maternal transcripts and offspring embryonic development in zebrafish

4 Aug 2020 | Chemosphere

Development and growth of embryos were harmed by parental PFBS exposure: higher mortality, slower heart rate, reduced body weight, and neurobehavioral disorders in zebrafish, a human model species.

Transport of Legacy Perfluoroalkyl Substances and the Replacement Compound HFPO-DA through the Atlantic Gateway to the Arctic Ocean—Is the Arctic a Sink or a Source?

4 Aug 2020 | ES&T

Air and water currents contribute to the influx of various PFAS into and out of the Arctic.

Prenatal Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances Associated with Increased Susceptibility to Liver Injury in Children.

4 Aug 2020 | Hepatology

Developmental exposure to PFAS can contribute to pediatric liver injury.

Risk Assessment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) Mixtures: A Relative Potency Factor Approach.

4 Aug 2020 | Environ. Toxicol. Chem.

The toxicity of PFAS mixtures was investigated to determine the combined health effects in humans.

Exposure to elevated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in early pregnancy is related to increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: A nested case-control study in Shanghai, China.

4 Aug 2020 | Environ Int

Elevated maternal serum PFBS and PFDoA levels in early pregnancy are associated with a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Latest Policy

FDA Announces the Voluntary Phase-Out by Industry of Certain PFAS Used in Food Packaging

4 Aug 2020

The FDA is announcing the voluntary phase-out of a certain type of short-chain PFAS, that contain 6:2 FTOH, which may be found in certain food contact substances used as grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food packaging.

New York Legislature approves bill to ban PFAS in food containers

28 Jul 2020

In what may be the latest battlefront over potentially toxic PFAS chemicals in the environment, the state Legislature has approved a bill that would ban using the substances in food packaging.

House Democrats add some 'forever chemicals' provisions to defense bill after spiking major amendment

21 Jul 2020

House Democrats added several amendments aiming to regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals called PFAS to a defense spending bill Monday.

Whitmer signs bills regulating PFAS foam use at Michigan fire stations

8 Jul 2020

Fire departments would have 48 hours to tell state regulators about the use of a chemical-based firefighting foam type that’s caused drinking water contamination around Michigan under legislation signed into law

[Press Release] Blumenthal, Slotkin, Shaheen & Turner Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce PFAS Exposure Among Servicemembers & Military Families

7 Jul 2020

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Representatives Elissa Slotkin and Mike Turner (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce exposure of servicemembers and their families to harmful PFAS chemicals.

Opportunities

FLUOROS 2020: An International Symposium on Fluorinated Compounds and Their Impacts on Human and Environmental Health

Event: 13 Oct 2020

An opportunity for unbiased and multidisciplinary exchange of information regarding the latest developments and scientific advances on PFAS. Participants will share the latest knowledge and resources concerning the environmental and biomedical advances on PFAS and their work towards minimizing both human exposure and environmental effects related to PFAS.

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