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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

EPA board to review new data on PFAS exposure effects

17 Nov 2021 | Coastal Review

The EPA has asked its science advisory board to review new data that suggest certain PFAS, can cause negative health effects at lower levels of exposure than initially thought and one in particular is likely carcinogenic.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to ask Hundreds of Businesses to Begin Monitoring for PFAS

16 Nov 2021 | Star Tribune

The results could offer one of the most comprehensive understandings yet of exactly where PFAS contamination is still coming from.

Biden Billions for PFAS in Drinking Water

16 Nov 2021 | National Law Review

The monumental infrastructure bill that President Biden signed yesterday will send $10 billion to the States to pass on to drinking water suppliers to test for the "forever chemicals" known collectively as PFAS and then filter the parts per trillion of PFAS out of the water when they're found. 

Pennsylvania DEP Strict Limits for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

16 Nov 2021 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

The rule would set limits of 14 ppt for PFOA and 18 ppt for PFOS.

Exposed to Contaminated Water at Pease? Health Officials Urge Signing Up for Health Study

16 Nov 2021 | Portsmouth Herald

The information from the Pease Study will be compiled with results from seven different sites across the U.S. where people were exposed to drinking water contaminated by PFAS.

Latest Science

Uptake of perfluoroalkyl substances, pharmaceuticals, and parabens by oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) and exposure risk in human consumption

24 Nov 2021 | Chemosphere

Uptake of PFAS by oyster mushrooms was negatively correlated with perfluorocarbon chain length, and mushrooms grown in soil contaminated by PFAS may pose a risk if consumed.

Thermal processing reduces PFAS concentrations in blue food – A systematic review and meta-analysis

23 Nov 2021 | EcoEvoRxiv

Initial recommendations were developed to reduce PFAS in fish via cooking using common kitchen items and cooking techniques.

Surface-water/groundwater boundaries affect seasonal PFAS concentrations and PFAA precursor transformations

23 Nov 2021 | Environ Sci Process Impacts

Natural biogeochemical fluctuations associated with surface-water and groundwater boundaries may lead to PFAA precursor loss and seasonal variations in PFAA concentrations.

Impairment of human dopaminergic neurons at different developmental stages by perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) and differential human brain areas accumulation of perfluoroalkyl chemicals

23 Nov 2021 | Environ Int

In a proof-of-concept study, PFOA exposure was found to disrupt the most sensitive stage of neuron development.

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) induces several behavioural defects in Caenorhabditis elegans that can also be transferred to the next generations

23 Nov 2021 | Chemosphere

PFOS can exert severe neurobehavioral defects in locomotion, lifespan, and reproduction that can be transferred from parents to their offspring in a human model species.

Latest Policy

[Blog] House passes Build Back Better bill to protect firefighters from ‘forever chemicals’

19 Nov 2021

The Build Back Better bill passed by the House of Representatives today includes $95 million for local fire departments to purchase firefighting foam and gear made without the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

US legislation banning ‘forever chemicals’ far from certain as Senate fight looms

19 Nov 2021

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in Congress would ban PFAS “forever chemicals” in US food packaging and significantly reduce exposure to the highly toxic compounds.

N.H. Senator Maggie Hassan introduces bill to ban PFAS in food wrappers

18 Nov 2021

Hassan’s new legislation would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit food packaging containing “intentionally added PFAS.”

[Blog] Bipartisan bill to ban PFAS chemicals in food containers introduced in Congress today

18 Nov 2021

Today the bipartisan Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).

No Treats, Too Many Tricks, For PFAS This Halloween

17 Nov 2021

In a major move by California that may be but a harbinger of a dramatic sea change in banning or severely restricting the inclusion of hundreds of chemicals present in every-day consumer goods.

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[Job] Project Director

Event: 31 Dec 2021

The Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network is looking for a Project Director to supervise a staff of 5-7.

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