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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

New York Supreme Court rejects 3M's challenge to PFAS MCL

23 Jun 2022 | Water World

3M has failed in its attempt to invalidate New York’s maximum contamination levels for PFAS.

PFAS 'forever chemicals' are everywhere. Here's what you should know about them

23 Jun 2022 | NPR

Last week, the EPA put out a new advisory warning that even tiny amounts of some of PFAS chemicals found in drinking water may pose risks.

‘Forever chemicals’ linked to high blood pressure in women

20 Jun 2022 | The Washington Post

Now, researchers have linked PFAS to high blood pressure in middle-aged women, adding to the long list of health risks associated with the pollutants.

‘Forever chemicals’ linked to high blood pressure in women

20 Jun 2022 | The Washington Post

Researchers have linked PFAS to high blood pressure in middle-aged women, adding to the long list of health risks associated with the pollutants.

A federal loophole has left Maine in the dark on manufacturers’ PFAS waste

17 Jun 2022 | Maine Radio

The public was supposed to learn for the first time last year which Maine manufacturers are using PFAS and discharging the chemicals as waste, but a federal loophole has apparently allowed the facilities to evade reporting the information, fomenting anger about a federal inability to provide basic information related to a public health threat.

Latest Science

Uptake of individual and mixed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by soybean and their effects on functional genes related to nitrification, denitrification, and nitrogen fixation

10 Sep 2022 | Sci. Total Environ.

The synergistic effect of a PFAS mixture increased the uptake of individual PFAS in soybeans, which led to changes in genes involved in the nitrogen cycle.

Exposure to Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Mortality in US Adults: A Population-Based Cohort Study

22 Jun 2022 | Environ. Health Perspect.

High exposure of U.S. adults to PFOS and a PFAS mixture was found to be positively associated with all-cause mortality, heart disease mortality, and cancer mortality.

Environmental exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and sleep disturbance in pregnant women: A prospective cohort study

22 Jun 2022 | Sci Total Environ

PFAS exposure was associated with higher risks for sleep disturbance and sleep medicine use throughout pregnancy, though further research is needed to propose potential mechanisms.

The Vitamin D Receptor as a Potential Target for the Toxic Effects of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

21 Jun 2022 | SSRN

Computer modeling suggested that dozens of commonly used PFAS may competitively bind to vitamin D receptors, which could potentially lead to harmful effects on immune, endocrine, and bone homeostasis.

Seasonal Trends of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in River Water Affected by Fire Training Sites and Wastewater Treatment Plants

17 Jun 2022 | SSRN

PFAS concentrations were significantly higher at sites impacted by wastewater treatment plants and airports, with seasonal trends suggesting that the mobilization of PFAS depends on many factors like hydrological events and soil permeability.

Latest Policy

EWG applauds provisions tackling ‘forever chemicals’ in National Defense Authorization Act

23 Jun 2022

“These provisions represent significant steps toward addressing PFAS contamination at DOD facilities and exposure to military communities and families,” said Jay Lucey, EWG legislative director.

[OPINION] Stricter federal guidelines on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water pose challenges

22 Jun 2022

Philippe Grandjean, a leading PFAS health expert, discusses the new EPA PFAS federal guidelines and concludes that a strategy is needed that protects us against the whole family of PFAS.

House subcommittee boosts EPA’s budget to tackle toxic 'forever chemicals'

22 Jun 2022

On Tuesday, a key House subcommittee approved $126 million in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal year 2023 to address the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

2022 Interim Updated PFOA and PFOS Health Advisories

15 Jun 2022

The health advisory levels for PFOA and PFOS were greatly decreased, indicating that negative health effects may occur with concentrations of PFOA or PFOS in water that are near zero.

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