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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

San Diego files lawsuit over toxic PFAS chemicals in water

24 May 2022 | CBS8

San Diego is suing more than 20 companies including 3M, DuPont and Raytheon over decades-long contamination.

More than 3,000 potentially harmful chemicals found in food packaging

19 May 2022 | The Guardian

International experts who analyzed more than 1,200 scientific studies warn chemicals are being consumed with unknown long-term impacts

'Polluted' babies, millions dead: Scientists sound alarm on global pollution

18 May 2022 | Phys.org

Studies show more than 96% of Americans have at least one PFAS in their blood, some of which have been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, reproductive harm and other health effects.

Workers exposed to PFAS in a variety of industries

17 May 2022 | Environmental Health News

For the better part of 20 years, Peter Arlein worked as a professional ski technician, waxing skis across Colorado. Working occasionally in smaller shops with poor ventilation, he breathed in fumes released by the waxes.

How to Avoid PFAS

17 May 2022 | Consumer Reports

Organizations like the Green Science Policy Institute have put together guides that consumers can use to limit their exposure, by seeking out PFAS-free products, says Jamie DeWitt, PhD, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina University in Greenville.

Latest Science

Extraction and Matrix Cleanup Method for Analyzing Novel Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Ether Acids and Other Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Fruits and Vegetables

24 May 2022 | J. Agric. Food Chem.

An extraction and cleanup method was developed to quantify 45 PFAS, including 13 PFEAs, 3 perfluoroalkane sulfonamides, and 6 fluorotelomer carboxylic acids in 10 types of fruits and vegetables.

Dermal uptake: An important pathway of human exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances?

24 May 2022 | Environ Pollut

The available literature on human dermal absorption of PFAS is critically reviewed and compared to other halogenated contaminants like brominated flame retardants, and the authors highlight the need for dermal permeation and uptake studies for a wide range of PFAS and their precursors.

PFAS use in electronic products and exposure risks during handling and processing of e-waste: A review

24 May 2022 | J Environ Manage

The wide use of PFAS in electronics presents a likely exposure source to workers at electronic-waste disposal sites given that PFAS have been detected in environmental and human samples near waste processing sites.

Influence of Perfluoroalkyl Substances on Occurrence of Coronavirus Disease 2019

24 May 2022 | Int J Environ Res Public Health

PFAS exposures occurring early in life may cause deleterious health effects later in life, including decreased antibody response and reduced disease resistance. Highest levels of both PFAS exposure and COVID-19 were found in the oldest populations.

Systematic Evidence Map for Over One Hundred and Fifty Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

24 May 2022 | Environ Health Perspect

More than 40,000 studies were identified to compile epidemiological evidence for 150 PFAS, and it was found that many PFAS lack sufficient data to determine health impacts.

Latest Policy

U.S. government’s $650 billion buying power could move markets to PFAS-free products

24 May 2022

Curbing the needless use of the toxic "forever chemicals" known as PFAS could end their cycle of contamination, and the U.S. government has an extraordinary ability to move markets to PFAS-free products with its $650 billion annual purchasing power.

EPA Adds Five PFAS Chemicals to List of Regional Screening and Removal Management Levels to Protect Human Health and the Environment

24 May 2022

The EPA is taking an important step forward to protect people from PFAS by adding five PFAS chemicals for a total of six PFAS chemicals to a list of risk-based values that help EPA determine if response or remediation activities are needed.

How many PFAS bans does it take to ban PFAS?

17 May 2022

Steps are now being taken towards banning groups of chemicals with similar structure and properties collectively, which is of course a huge leap in the right direction.

Commissioner Sinkevicius' speech at the high-level conference on PFAS

17 May 2022

The Commission has therefore decided to start the process of banning all PFAS in fire-fighting foams.

Putting the Brakes on Toxic “Forever Chemicals” in Maryland

10 May 2022

On April 21, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into state law SB0273/HB0275, the George “Walter” Taylor Act, which curtails the introduction of new PFAS into the environment.

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