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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

Advocates Urge Mass. To Ban Food Packaging Chemicals

8 Oct 2021 | Worcester Business Journal

Manufacturers opposed the bill as drafted, and recommended a later compliance deadline should the bill move forward.

‘Something Has To Be Done’: Living Along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, One Of Wisconsin’s Most Polluted Waterways

7 Oct 2021 | Wisconsin Watch

The DNR first added Starkweather Creek to its impaired waters list in 1998 due to low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water, sediment and toxic metals.

Fertilizer Used in DC School Gardens Highest Nationwide For Potentially Toxic Chemical

7 Oct 2021 | WUSA9

The Sierra Club tested fertilizers produced by sewage treatment plants around the country for PFAS.

State Regulators Expect to Spend More Than $500K A Year On Bottled Water For French Island Residents Due to PFAS

6 Oct 2021 | Wisconsin Public Radio

Drinking water advisory extended indefinitely due to concerns over contamination.

Newsom Signs Laws Banning ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Children’s Products, Food Packaging

5 Oct 2021 | The Hill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed two laws on Tuesday banning the use of toxic “forever chemicals” in children’s products and disposable food packaging.

Latest Science

Critical review on PFOA, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer

12 Oct 2021 | J Air Waste Manag Assoc

This paper focuses on the potential risks and methods those risks can be quantified regarding PFOAS and disease.

Concentration profiles of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in major sources to the environment

12 Oct 2021 | J. Environ. Manage.

Precursor biotransformation products are detected in landfill leachates and wastewater-related sources.

Associations between both legacy and alternative per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and glucose-homeostasis: The Isomers of C8 health project in China

12 Oct 2021 | Environ Int

Legacy and alternative PFASs were positively associated with potential markers for diabetes.

Associations between Novel and Legacy Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Human Serum and Thyroid Cancer: A Case and Healthy Population in Shandong Province, East China

12 Oct 2021 | Environ Sci Technol

PFAS such as PFNA was found to disrupt normal thyroid function and may be associated with thyroid cancer.

Dietary predictors of prenatal per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances exposure

12 Oct 2021 | J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol

The consumption of animal products may contribute to elevated prenatal PFAS levels.

Latest Policy

Newsom signs laws banning 'forever chemicals' in children's products, food packaging

12 Oct 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Tuesday banning the use of toxic “forever chemicals” in children’s products and disposable food packaging.

EPA proposal could put PFAS on contaminant list, UW experts support decision

12 Oct 2021

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to include per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the Contaminant Candidate List 5.

EPA to decide on requiring PFAS health effects testing

5 Oct 2021

The EPA said it will decide within 90 days on a petition to require Chemours to test the health effects of PFAS, under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Addressing Urgent Questions for PFAS in the 21st Century

25 Sep 2021

Six urgent questions relevant to science, technology, and policy were proposed to aid in addressing the -- PFAS problem.

Biden EPA Cuts Dangerous Greenhouse Gases Used In Refrigerators, Air Conditioners

23 Sep 2021

The EPA has signed a rule phasing out a greenhouse gas that cools refrigerators and air conditioners but warms the planet much more than carbon dioxide.

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