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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

California Bans ‘Forever Chemicals' in Fabrics, Makeup

2 Oct 2022 | NBC

The bills just signed by California Governor Newsom banning PFAS in textiles and cosmetics model the best way to stop harm from PFAS: reduce their use in products," said Arlene Blum, executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute.

Firefighting foam trials present next big PFAS challenge for 3M

1 Oct 2022 | Star Tribune

But the miracle firefighting foam's key ingredient was one of the "forever chemicals" that have come to haunt 3M. PFAS chemicals don't biodegrade, tainting the environment. They have been linked to cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility and other maladies.

Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

30 Sep 2022 | The Guardian

The city joins a growing number across the US in limiting the use of artificial turf made with dangerous PFAS compounds.

Forever chemicals: They’re in your drinking water and likely your food

30 Sep 2022 | Michael Hawthorne

Something as simple as drinking tap water is exposing millions of Illinoisans to toxic chemicals that build up in human blood, cause cancer and other diseases and take years to leave the body.

Latest Science

Uptake of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by soybean across two generations

3 Oct 2022 | J. Hazard. Mater. Adv.

Considering widespread PFAS contamination and the ability of soybean plants to uptake PFAS, soybean seeds may need to be quantified for PFAS concentrations before their use in agricultural fields.

Targeted and Suspect Screening of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

30 Sep 2022 | Environ Sci Technol

Cosmetics and personal care products were found to contain a breadth of PFAS at extremely high levels, including in products without listed fluorinated ingredients, leading to human and environmental exposure.

Association between prenatal exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances and anogenital distance in female neonates

28 Sep 2022 | Ecotoxicol Environ Saf

High maternal concentrations of PFAS were associated with abnormalities in female neonates, indicating that PFAS may impair reproductive development in female offspring in early life.

Evaluation of iodide chemical ionization mass spectrometry for gas and aerosol-phase per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) analysis

26 Sep 2022 | Environ Sci Process Impacts

A real-time method was developed to detect PFAS in the atmosphere in both the gas- and aerosol-phases, notably PFSAs and diPAPs.

Internal Relative Potency Factors for the Risk Assessment of Mixtures of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Human Biomonitoring

26 Sep 2022 | EHP

It is recommended to assess the health risk resulting from exposure to PFAS as combined, aggregate exposure to the extent feasible.

Latest Policy

CA Gets Tougher On PFAS Chemicals Under Ting Bill Signed By The Governor

29 Sep 2022

The Golden State continues to crack down on the use of PFAS, chemicals that put our health and the environment at risk. Governor Newsom tonight signed AB 1817 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which bans the use of these harmful substances in fabrics by 2025.

Pentagon Shift to PFAS-Free Foam Spurring ‘Tidal Wave’ of Change

26 Sep 2022

Decades later, the former Air Force firefighter has diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and higher-than-average PFAS chemicals in his blood. And the Pentagon knows the PFAS-based foam he worked with had a noxious side

US Senate approves HFC treaty

23 Sep 2022

The Senate voted 69–27 on Sept. 21 to allow the US to join an international treaty to curb the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons.

Dow, 3M and others exploit loophole to avoid reporting ‘forever chemicals’ releases

22 Sep 2022

At least five facilities around the U.S. operated by Dow Chemical, 3M and other companies are using very large amounts of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS but are likely using a regulatory loophole to avoid reporting their releases of PFAS into the environment.

State attorneys say DuPont spin-offs should be liable for PFAS contamination

20 Sep 2022

This was a corporate restructuring, where the same company was broken down into component parts, and is now saying, 'we didn't even exist at the time that these liabilities arose,'" state Department of Justice attorney Ryan Park told the court.

Opportunities

[Job] Post-Doctoral Scholar at The Ohio State University

Event: 15 Oct 2022

Dr. Andy May at The Ohio State University is searching for a post-doctoral scholar to work on a project sponsored by the NSF Atmospheric Chemistry Program related to the atmospheric fate of PFAS.

SERDP-ESTCP Strategic Environmental PFAS Research Fellowship

Event: 15 Oct 2022

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program is offering a postdoctoral fellowship.

[Job] Green Science Policy Institute: Science and Policy Associate

Event: 15 Oct 2022

The Institute is hiring a full-time Science and Policy Associate for its North Berkeley, California office to contribute to our scientific research and policy work. Position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.

Request for information by FDA on fluorinated polyethylene containers

Posted: 20 Jul 2022

FDA is seeking scientific data and information on current food contact uses of fluorinated polyethylene, consumer dietary exposure that may result from those uses, and safety of certain PFAS that may migrate from fluorinated polyethylene food containers.

[Job] Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry of Organic Contaminants

Event: 30 Nov 2022

Stockholm University is hiring an Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry of Organic Contaminants.

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