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Latest Science

Factors associated with exposure of pregnant women to perfluoroalkyl acids in North China and health risk assessment

15 Jul 2019 | Science of The Total Environment

Adverse liver effects associated with pregnant women when exposed to PFAS.

Evaluation of the airborne pollution by emerging contaminants using bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) tree leaves as biosamplers

15 Jul 2019 | Science of The Total Environment

Citrus tree leaves used to collect airborne pollutants such as PFAS.

Screening of textile finishing agents available on the Chinese market: An important source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to the environment

15 Jul 2019 | Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering

Testing shows that long-chain PFAS are used in the manufacturing of textiles in levels above European Chemical Agency guidelines.

Associations of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances With Incident Diabetes and Microvascular Disease.

15 Jul 2019 | Diabetes Care

PFAS in blood plasma was associated with diabetes and microvascular disease.

Prenatal exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and infant growth and adiposity: the Healthy Start Study.

15 Jul 2019 | Environ Int

Irregular infant weight associated with maternal PFAS concentrations.

Latest Policy

House gearing up for PFAS in defense bill

9 Jul 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives takes up work this week on what could become its own version of major PFAS legislation attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Senate vote requires military, EPA to deal with harmful 'forever chemicals'

8 Jul 2019

The Senate passed the 2020 Defense Spending Bill including a bipartisan amendment that would commission the U.S. Geological Survey to track PFAS contamination nationwide and require public utilities to test drinking water for PFAS. The House is expected to vote on this legislation in July.

New York: The Nation's Most Protective MCLs for PFOA/PFOS Accepted

8 Jul 2019

New York's Health Commissioner has accepted the Drinking Water Quality Council's recommendation to adopt MCLs of 10 ppt for PFOA and 10 ppt for PFOS. These levels are the lowest in the nation. Once adopted, the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Department of Environmental Conservation will closely coordinate with the Department of Health to help fund and remediate water systems that test above the new maximum contaminant levels.

Germany: Proposes PFHxA restriction under REACH

1 Jul 2019

Germany has submitted its intention to restrict PFHxA and related chemicals under REACH. Chemicals in this group are short-chain PFAS used in many consumer products.

Europe: GenX declared a Substance of Very High Concern

28 Jun 2019

The EU Member State Committee voted to identify HFPO-DA (aka. GenX), as a substance of very high concern due to its probable serious effects on human health and the environment.


Massachusetts: PFAS Drinking Water Standard (MCL) Development

Posted: 20 Jun 2019

MassDEP is in the process of establishing a PFAS MCL of 20 ppt (applicable to the SUM of concentrations for PFDA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFNA, PFOS & PFOA). Written comments are due by COB on July 19, 2019.

Job: Harvard School of Public Health hiring Post-Doctoral Research Fellow or Research Associate position in Environmental Epidemiology

Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Professor Philippe Grandjean, Co-PI within the University of Rhode Island Superfund Center (note: his affiliation is Harvard School of Public Health), has a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow or Research Associate position in Environmental Epidemiology open. The qualified applicant will have the opportunity to participate in the design and analysis of studies on environmental risk factors for adverse child development. Opportunities include work with an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers and access to rich longitudinal datasets from birth cohort studies.This position is open until filled. 

Job: Earthjustice hiring a Toxic Exposure Scientist

Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

The Toxic Exposure Scientist will work across many disciplines to help develop innovative strategies designed to identify and reduce exposures to toxic chemicals, such as drinking water contaminants and pesticides. The scientist will help advance these policies through litigation and policy advocacy at the federal and state levels. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Environmental Risk Assessment of PFAS

Event: 12 Aug 2019

The 2019 SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting will review new and emerging information on PFAS an formulate a roadmap for a risk assessment approach for PFAS.

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