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Although useful, PFAS or highly fluorinated chemicals are associated with serious health harm and can remain in the environment forever.

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With $3 billion PFAS cleanup price tag looming, Pentagon looks to industry for ideas

2 Jun 2020 | Phys.org

Staring down a $3 billion—and growing—tab to clean up water sources at military installations across the country that are contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals linked to firefighting foam, the Defense Department is now in discussions with private companies about potential cleanup solutions that might reduce the cost.

EPA failed to monitor GenX chemical for eight years

28 May 2020 | The Fayetteville Observer

The EPA’s regional office wasn’t told it was supposed to inspect the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant until the StarNews in Wilmington reported there was GenX in the Cape Fear River.

PFAS pollution from Chemours plant distributed by air

28 May 2020 | C&EN

Study finds PFOA and GenX-related chemical are widespread downwind of West Virginia facility.

Orange County: Sue the military for PFAS contamination!

28 May 2020 | LA Progressive

California water districts are considering a massive lawsuit over PFAS contamination of the water supply, although they’re not likely to target the largest polluter – the US military.  Instead, they’ll probably go after 3M and DuPont and a handful of other companies that manufacture PFAS products.

Minnesota county pushes EPA for help over PFAS-laden leachate entering Lake Superior

27 May 2020 | Waste Dive

Surface water discharge shows PFAS, along with mercury, arsenic, lead, cyanide, and other contaminants.

Latest Science

Suitability of Remediated PFAS-Affected Soil in Cement Pastes and Mortars

3 Jun 2020 | Sustain.

PFAS remediated soil was found to be an adequate additive in concrete and cementitious applications, such as roads.

Prevalence of Per- And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Drinking and Source Water From Two Asian Countries

2 Jun 2020 | Chemosphere

Short-chain PFAS was detected in prepackaged and re-fill station water.

Multi-year atmospheric concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) at a background site in central Europe

2 Jun 2020 | Env. Poll.

Significant increases in air concentration were found for PFHpA, PFTrDA, PFDS, MeFOSA, and EtFOSA from 2012-2014.

[Science Selection] PFAS in Food Packaging: A Hot, Greasy Exposure

2 Jun 2020 | EHP

Recent scientific publications regarding PFAS in food contact materials are discussed.

Determination of transformation products of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at trace levels in agricultural plants

2 Jun 2020 | J. Chrom A

Plant samples from contaminated fields contained intermediate transformation products with the highest concentrations in the leafy portions of the plant.

Latest Policy

New Jersey announces stringent MCLs for PFOA and PFOS

2 Jun 2020

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today officially published its adoption of stringent, health-based drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS.

Denmark moves forward with ban on PFAS in food contact materials

28 May 2020

Denmark's Minister for Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries confirmed that the country's upcoming ban on PFAS in food contact materials will proceed as scheduled, starting on July 1, 2020.

Vermont Senate passes bill banning PFAS from consumer products

27 May 2020

The Vermont state Senate passed bill S. 295, restricting the manufacture, sale, and distribution of firefighting foam, food packaging, rugs, and carpets containing PFAS.

Five European member states are launching a “call for evidence” for a comprehensive PFAS restriction

11 May 2020

All stakeholders are invited to fill out the questionnaire before July 31, 2020

Lawmakers push for inclusion of 'forever chemical' regulation in future stimulus bill

29 Apr 2020

A group of more than 80 members of Congress is pushing for the inclusion of provisions to regulate a class of cancer-linked chemicals in future stimulus legislation dealing with infrastructure.

Opportunities

Five European member states are launching a “call for evidence” for a comprehensive PFAS restriction

Posted: 11 May 2020

All stakeholders are invited to fill out the questionnaire before July 31, 2020

FLUOROS 2020: An International Symposium on Fluorinated Compounds and Their Impacts on Human and Environmental Health

Event: 13 Oct 2020

An opportunity for unbiased and multidisciplinary exchange of information regarding the latest developments and scientific advances on PFAS. Participants will share the latest knowledge and resources concerning the environmental and biomedical advances on PFAS and their work towards minimizing both human exposure and environmental effects related to PFAS.

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