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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

UConn Team To Study National Impacts of Emerging Water Pollutants

14 Sep 2021 | CT Insider

The purpose of the study will be to examine the polluting effects of contaminants of emerging concern.

3M Under Fire In Belgium Over Company’s Handling of PFAS Pollution

14 Sep 2021 | Star Tribune

Decades-old pollutants raise fresh concerns as company, regulators work out remediation plan.

GAC Treatment Preferred Method for Van Etten Lake Cleanup

14 Sep 2021 | Iosco County-Herald

The remedial action alternatives that have been proposed are pump-and-treat by granular activated carbon, pump-and-treat by ion exchange or no action.

‘Forever Chemicals’: The Hidden Threat From The Toxic PFAS on Your Shelf

14 Sep 2021 | The Guardian

Manufacturers should take a precautionary approach, by designing alternatives that biodegrade.

The Problem Of ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Marinette, and the Solutions That Could Take as Long

13 Sep 2021 | Up North Issues

Marinette has found PFOA at levels as high as 254,000 ppt, and PFOS at levels as high as 64,000 ppt.

Latest Science

Determination of Perflourooctanoic Acid Toxicity in a Human Hepatocarcinoma Cell Line

14 Sep 2021 | J Health Pollut.

PFOA is potentially hepatotoxic by triggering programmed cell death.

Modelling the sorption behaviour of perfluoroalkyl carboxylates and perfluoroalkane sulfonates in soils

14 Sep 2021 | Sci Total Environ .

This study develops a new parametric model to predict the sorption of PFAS in soils, which can be linked to the disbursement of these contaminants.

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water and risk for polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine leiomyoma, and endometriosis: A Swedish cohort study

14 Sep 2021 | Environ Int .

Exposure to high levels of PFAS in drinking water was associated with an increased risk of reproductive harm

Harnessing electronic health records to study emerging environmental disasters: a proof of concept with perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

14 Sep 2021 | NPJ Digit Med

This proof-of-concept study confirms that health records can be used to study human health and disease impacts of environmental disasters and produces equivalent disease-exposure knowledge to prospective epidemiology studies while remaining cost-effective.

Can Environmental Law Solve the 'Forever Chemical' Problem?

14 Sep 2021 | Wake Forest Law Review, Forthcoming

A proposal away from the reactive toxicity honor system in favor of a precautionary approach to environmental protection.

Latest Policy

EPA proposes first limits to PFAS in wastewater

14 Sep 2021

The EPA on Wednesday announced plans for regulation that would for the first time set limits on levels of PFAS, that certain manufacturers and users of the chemical compound discharge in wastewater.

[Blog] Guidance on New PFAS Reporting Rule for Manufacturers

8 Sep 2021

In the last 10 years, have you manufactured, processed or imported products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)? If so, be aware - the EPA may soon require a detailed report.

FDA Releases PFAS Testing Results from First Survey of Nationally Distributed Processed Foods

1 Sep 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the first survey of PFAS in nationally distributed processed foods, including several processed baby foods.

2nd Stakeholder Consultation on a Restriction for PFAS

25 Aug 2021

The competent authorities for REACH of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are currently preparing a REACH Annex XV Restriction Dossier for the group of PFAS since all these substances are considered to be persistent.

Maine PFAS Products Bill Most Far-Reaching To Date

18 Aug 2021

Maine passed what was touted as the most aggressive PFAS bill related to products thus far in the country.

Opportunities

[Sign-on Opportunity] Developing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste

Posted: 10 Mar 2021

Over 1600 scientists & practitioners from nearly 75 countries have already signed-on in support of establishing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste, akin to the IPCC and IPBES. The sign-on campaign will remain open until the end of September 2021.

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