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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 Science

Perfluorooctanoic acid alters progesterone activity in human endometrial cells and induces reproductive alterations in young women

7 Nov 2019 | Chemsphere

PFAS found to cause irregular reproductive development in exposed young women.

Elucidation of contamination sources for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) on Svalbard (Norwegian Arctic)

7 Nov 2019 | Environ Sci Pollut Res Int.

Firefighting-training sites and landfill locations were identified as primary PFAS sources for Svalbard arctic settlements.

Biomonitoring of emerging contaminants, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in New Jersey adults in 2016–2018

5 Nov 2019 | Intern.Journal of Hygi. and Environ. Health

New Jersey adults had higher PFOA, PFNA, and PFHxS levels compared to other U.S. adults, on average.

Treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in landfill leachate: status, chemistry and prospects

31 Oct 2019 | Envir. Sci.: Water Research & Tech.

A comprehensive review of PFAS in municipal landfills due to the massive uses of PFAS in everyday consumer products

Removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from tap water using heterogeneously catalyzed ozonation

31 Oct 2019 | Envir. Sci.: Water Research & Tech

A new method of removing PFAS from contaminated drinking water was explored.

Latest Policy

[Public comment] Systematic review protocol for the PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA IRIS assessments

8 Nov 2019

The U.S. EPA is holding a 45-day public comment period for the systematic review protocol for the PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA IRIS assessments announced in a November 8, 2019, Federal Register Notice.

Congress Quickly Losing Patience With EPA on PFAS

31 Oct 2019

Republicans and Democrats alike on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said the agency is moving too slowly to set minimum standards for the presence of PFAS in water.

[Proposal solicitation] SERDP and ESTCP grants for PFAS cleanup research

24 Oct 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense's environmental research arm is soliciting proposals for research into thermal destruction and in situ sorption of PFAS.

Victoria, Australia: Interim Position Statement on PFAS

22 Oct 2019

The EPA in Victoria, Australia adopts precautionary interim PFAS management standards while waiting on national regulation.

Draft NTP Technical Report on Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of PFOA

15 Oct 2019

NTP is holding a peer-review of draft Technical Reports on toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of HMB and PFOA and will hold a webcast on Dec. 12, 2019 at 10 AM Eastern (Registration is required). Written comments are due on Nov. 20, 2019. Oral comment registration deadline is Dec. 3, 2019.

Opportunities

[Opportunity to comment] Hoosick Falls Drinking Water Source Study

Deadline: 18 Nov 2019

Public input sought on report issued by Saint-Gobain and Honeywell to identify long-term source to provide clean and reliable drinking water

For more information, see: link

New Zealand: Consulting on further restrictions on firefighting foams containing PFAS

Posted: 21 Sep 2019

New Zealand currently prohibits firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA. The proposed amendments add further restrictions on firefighting foams containing other PFAS. Comments due: Monday, December 2,  2019 at 5 PM New Zealand | Sunday, 1 December, 2019 at 8 PM Pacific.

[Peer-review] Draft NTP Technical Reports on Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of HMB and PFOA

Event: 12 Dec 2019

NTP is holding a peer-review of draft Technical Reports on toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of HMB and PFOA and will hold a webcast on Dec. 12, 2019 at 10 AM Eastern (Registration is required). Written comments are due on Nov. 20, 2019. Oral comment registration deadline is Dec. 3, 2019.

[Fellowship Opportunity] Postdoctoral and Post-Master's Applicants for Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellowship

Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources and Sea Grant Institutes in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) offer a fellowship related to water resources management and human health in Wisconsin, with a project focused on developing health-based recommendations for state groundwater protection standards and drinking water health advisory levels for PFAS. View and apply here

[Public comment] Systematic review protocol for the PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA IRIS assessments

Posted: 8 Nov 2019

The U.S. EPA is holding a 45-day public comment period for the systematic review protocol for the PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA IRIS assessments announced in a November 8, 2019, Federal Register Notice.

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