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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

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in British otters

25 Jan 2022 | Phys.org

The study found higher concentrations of PFAS in otters close to wastewater treatment works, suggesting domestic and industrial wastewater was an important source.

[Press Release] EPA Requires Reporting on Releases and Waste Management of Certain PFAS, Including PFBS

24 Jan 2022 | EPA.gov

In addition to continuing to add PFAS to the TRI, EPA also will soon announce a series of PFAS test orders that will require PFAS manufacturers to provide the agency with toxicity data and information on PFAS.

US EPA sued over gaps in PFAS release reporting

21 Jan 2022 | C&EN

Advocacy groups are asking a federal court to force the US Environmental Protection Agency to plug what they call loopholes in two rules on reporting releases of dozens of toxic, highly persistent chemicals.

PFAS Exposure™ Now Available: First At-Home Blood Test to Detect and Measure 40+ PFAS Compounds

21 Jan 2022 | WFMZ News

Knowing the levels of PFAS in blood can help a person monitor environmental impacts to their own health.

Investigation finds evidence of PFAS in workout and yoga pants

20 Jan 2022 | Environmental Health News

One in four pairs of popular leggings and yoga pants tested have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation.

Latest Science

PFAS Molecules: A Major Concern for the Human Health and the Environment

25 Jan 2022 | Toxics

This review summarizes the current knowledge on PFAS chemistry uses, occurrence, and environmental fate, with a particular emphasis on effects on humans as well as an analysis of the European Union’s efforts to regulate and remediate PFAS.

Comparison of untargeted and targeted perfluoroalkyl acids measured in adolescent girls

25 Jan 2022 | Chemosphere

Environmental exposure measures from untargeted assays are comparable with targeted assays, and can serve as reliable inputs into statistical analysis for discovery and for determining their biological impacts.

Sulfonamide Functional Head on Short-Chain Perfluorinated Substance Drives Developmental Toxicity

25 Jan 2022 | iScience

FBSA exposure leads to changes in DNA that result in abnormal body structure and disrupted gene expression in human model species.

A worldwide evaluation of trophic magnification of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in aquatic ecosystems

17 Jan 2022 | Integr Environ Assess Manag

This review discusses the variability of environmental characteristics driving PFAS biomagnification in natural ecosystems and highlights the different approaches used by various studies, which can make comparisons among studies challenging.

Anthropogenic Drivers of Variation in Concentrations of Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Otters () from England and Wales.

17 Jan 2022 | Environ Sci Technol

PFAS concentrations in otters were positively associated with effluent from wastewater treatment plants, agriculture, and a fluoropolymer production facility.

Latest Policy

[Press Release] EPA Announces Key Step to Advance Science, Better Protect Communities from PFAS Pollution

25 Oct 2022

In October 2021, the US EPA issued a final human health toxicity assessment for GenX chemicals, a processing aid technology used to make high-performance fluoropolymers without the use of PFOA.

[Working Paper] Nordic enforcement project on PFOS and PFOA in chemical products and articles

25 Jan 2022

The Nordic Enforcement Group found that 10% of chemical products and articles were non-compliant with restrictions on PFOA and PFOS, with more products containing other PFAS that are not yet restricted.

Indiana firefighters could get annual blood testing for PFAS under proposed pilot program

20 Jan 2022

Indiana firefighters could get annual blood testing for exposure to synthetic PFAS chemicals through a proposed pilot program, according to a new bill introduced in the Statehouse.

Legal obstacles to toxic chemical research

17 Jan 2022

Amid debate about how policymakers should apply existing scientific findings, these science-hindering features are easy to overlook including insufficient availability of chemical standards, limited public access to information, and excessive fragmentation of information within and among government agencies.

PFAS Update: A Retrospective on Federal PFAS Regulation in 2021

17 Jan 2022

As anticipated, 2021 was an eventful year for the regulation of PFAS at the federal level. BCLP has highlighted the key developments in this document.

Opportunities

[Job] Postdoctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University

Event: 3 Mar 2022

Michigan State University seeks a postdoctoral research associate to conduct EPA- and USDA-funded projects to study the occurrence, sorption, transport, plant uptake, and risk assessment of PFAS, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products (PPCPs).

[Job] Study Coordinator and Research Assistant

Event: 3 Mar 2022

This study coordinator/research assistant position will focus on study coordination, data management, data analysis, and community engagement for novel studies of chemical exposures and toxicity.

[Job] Post Doctoral Fellow-Environmental Health Department

Deadline: 3 Mar 2022

Emory University's Environmental Health Department is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to help design and conduct research on PFAS while receiving advanced training under Dr. Todd Everson to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. Apply here

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