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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

Here's Why It's So Hard to Know If Your Period Underwear Is PFAS-Free

23 Jan 2023 | verywellhealth

Period underwear brand Thinx settled a class action lawsuit last week regarding the presence of PFAS in their products.

What to Know About PFAS in Period Underwear

23 Jan 2023 | The New York Times

Thinx just settled a lawsuit alleging its products contain harmful chemical compounds, raising further questions about the safety of period products overall.

‘Forever chemical’ PFAS found in organic eggs in Denmark

23 Jan 2023 | The Local

Danske Æg, an industry organisation representing around 90 percent of producers in the country, said in a statement that fish meal would no longer be used as a result of the discovery.

Period underwear and toxins: What to know about the Thinx lawsuit

20 Jan 2023 | The Washington Post

For years, period-absorbing underwear brand Thinx sold itself as an unfussy, nontoxic, organic alternative to traditional menstrual products through playful ads on subways and social media.

Magnets key to removing dangerous PFAS chemicals

20 Jan 2023 | The Age

Queensland researchers have developed a way to quickly and simply remove dangerous PFAS chemicals from water using magnets.

Latest Science

Optimizing Chemicals Management in the United States and Canada through the Essential-Use Approach

19 Jan 2023 | Environ Sci Technol

If optimized and expanded into regulatory systems in the United States and Canada, other policymaking bodies, and businesses, the essential-use approach can improve chemicals management and shift the market toward safer chemistries that benefit human and ecological health.

The role of PFAS in unsettling ocean carbon sequestration

18 Jan 2023 | Environ Monit Assess

The harmful effects of PFAS on marine ecosystems may weaken the ocean’s ability to capture and hold global warming carbon emissions.

Prenatal exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and childhood autism-related outcomes

12 Jan 2023 | Epidemiology

Mothers’ prenatal blood concentrations of PFNA may be associated with modest increases in their child’s autism-related traits.

PFAS Biotransformation Pathways: A Species Comparison Study

12 Jan 2023 | Toxics

A metabolic pathway map was made to aid researchers in determining possible PFAS breakdown products in fish when no metabolic data is present.

A Proposed approach to defining per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) based on molecular structure and formula

11 Jan 2023 | Integr Environ Assess Manag

A definition of PFAS was proposed based on four substructures and any structures where the molecular formula is at least 30% fluorine by atom count.

Latest Policy

Environmental Wrap-Up 2022 and What to Expect in 2023

20 Jan 2023

This alert looks at developments in environmental law that were at the forefront in 2022; the trend is expected to continue into 2023 as the Biden administration continues to act on its regulatory initiatives in the energy and environmental space.

[Blog] Hungry for more: The EU limits “forever chemicals” in food – but the universal PFAS ban is still far away

17 Jan 2023

The EU has set limits for how much PFAS food sold within the union is allowed to contain.

ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

17 Jan 2023

ECHA has added nine chemicals to the Candidate List because of their hazardous properties. They are used for example in flame retardants, paints and coatings, inks and toners, coating products, plasticisers and in the manufacture of pulp and paper.  

Pennsylvania to limit PFAS in drinking water

14 Jan 2023

The new rule sets maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for two forms PFAS – in order to protect the public from potential adverse health effects linked to exposure to PFOA and PFOS.

Bills to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’ died in Congress

13 Jan 2023

Lobbying industry flexed muscle to ensure bills that aimed to set stricter standards on PFAS compounds went nowhere.

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