PFAS Central: sharing notable news, scientific papers & events

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

Latest Science

The PFOA substitute GenX detected in the environment near a fluoropolymer manufacturing plant in the Netherlands

14 Oct 2019 | Chemosphere

GenX and PFOA also detected in drinking water samples radiating from a manufacturing facility.

Occurrences of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in tree bark: Interspecies variability related to chain length

14 Oct 2019 | Sci. of The Tot. Env.

Species-dependent bark accumulation of PFASs was investigated.

White-Tailed Eagle () Body Feathers Document Spatiotemporal Trends of Perfluoroalkyl Substances in the Northern Environment.

14 Oct 2019 | Environ. Sci. Technol.

Feathers from birds of prey indicate the on-going use of PFOS around Nordic countries.

Adsorption behaviour and mechanism of the PFOS substitute OBS (sodium p-perfluorous nonenoxybenzene sulfonate) on activated carbon

13 Oct 2019 | R Soc Open Sci.

Sodium p-perfluorous nonenoxybenzene sulfonate, an alternative to PFOS, was efficiently removed using activated carbon.

Fate of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Ether Acids in the Total Oxidizable Precursor Assay and Implications for the Analysis of Impacted Water

13 Oct 2019 | ACS Pub.

Using advanced techniques, scientists accurately determined the presence of previously undetectable PFAS and predicted the exposure of decades past.

Latest Policy

IPEN Report: Perfluorohexane Sulfonate (PFHxS)— Socio-economic impact, exposure, and the precautionary principle

27 Sep 2019

Provides insights about threats to drinking water sources, public health and the occupational health of firefighters due to the particular physico-chemical properties of PFHxS, including its greater mobility, hydrogeological fractionation, and long elimination.

Threats to drinking water and public health in Alaska: The scope of the PFAS problem, consequences of regulatory inaction, and recommendations

24 Sep 2019

The purpose of this report is to aid Alaskans as well as state and federal policymakers in making informed decisions to protect current and future generations from continued exposure to the PFAS class of chemicals.

Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Firefighters from Occupational Exposure to PFAS through Personal Protective Equipment

23 Sep 2019

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to help address negative health outcomes of first responders through exposure to PFAS from firefighting equipment.

New Zealand: Consulting on further restrictions on firefighting foams containing PFAS

21 Sep 2019

New Zealand currently currently prohibits firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA. The proposed amendments add further restrictions on firefighting foams containing other PFAS. Comments due: Monday, December 2,  2019 at 5 PM New Zealand | Sunday, 1 December, 2019 at 8 PM Pacific.

[Recording] U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing: The Devil They Knew: PFAS Contamination and the Need for Corporate Accountability, Part III

10 Sep 2019

A recording and supporting documents from September 10, 2019 U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment hearing on PFAS.

Opportunities

New Zealand: Consulting on further restrictions on firefighting foams containing PFAS

Posted: 21 Sep 2019

New Zealand currently currently prohibits firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA. The proposed amendments add further restrictions on firefighting foams containing other PFAS. Comments due: Monday, December 2,  2019 at 5 PM New Zealand | Sunday, 1 December, 2019 at 8 PM Pacific.

[Peer-review] Draft NTP Technical Reports on Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of HMB and PFOA

Event: 12 Dec 2019

NTP is holding a peer-review of draft Technical Reports on toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of HMB and PFOA and will hold a webcast on Dec. 12, 2019 at 10 AM Eastern (Registration is required). Written comments are due on Nov. 20, 2019. Oral comment registration deadline is Dec. 3, 2019.

Northeast Conference on the Science of PFAS: Public Health & the Environment

Event: 31 Mar 2020

NEWMOA, in collaboration with others, has organized a conference to ensure that action to address PFAS contamination is informed by the most current and reliable science. There is also an open call for conference presenters, posters, and sponsors.

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