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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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[Blog] PFAS free & I’m lovin’ it

19 Jan 2021 | U.S. PIRG

McDonald’s just committed to phasing out PFAS-treated food packaging from its restaurants globally by 2025. Other restaurants, like Burger King and Wendy’s, should follow its lead.

N.J. sues U.S. military, wants feds to pay for tainted drinking water cleanup

15 Jan 2021 | NJ.com

For decades, the U.S. military used a special foam to fight fires on bases around the Garden State. That foam, and the toxic chemicals inside it, slowly seeped into the surrounding area and throughout groundwater supplies...

Nearly 100 million Chinese people supplied drinking water with ‘unsafe’ levels of toxic chemicals

15 Jan 2021 | South China Morning Post

The study found extremely high levels of PFOA and PFOS in three Chinese cities in the Yangtze River Basin, which were attributed to the presence of fluorochemical plants and industries that use multiple PFAS, such as leather, textile and paper manufacturing.

McDonalds pledges to stop using PFAS in food packaging by 2025

15 Jan 2021 | MLive

Burgers, fries, cookies and other menu items at the world’s largest fast food chain will no longer come with a side of “forever chemicals” after McDonalds phases out toxic PFAS from its food packaging over the next several years.

PFAS exposure found to increase risk of severe Covid-19

12 Jan 2021 | Chemistry World

There are also warning that PFASs could diminish the effectiveness of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

Latest Science

Suspect and Nontarget Screening Revealed Class-Specific Temporal Trends (2000-2017) of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in St. Lawrence Beluga Whales

20 Jan 2021 | Environ Sci Technol

Short-chain PFAS were found in beluga whales which indicates that the continuous emissions of unregulated PFAS into the environment.

Predicting the risk of GenX contamination in private well water using a machine-learned Bayesian network model

19 Jan 2021 | J. of Haz. Mat.

Modeling predicts that atmospheric deposition rate is the most important factor influencing risk.

Relative Acute Toxicity of Three Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances on Nine Species of Larval Amphibians

19 Jan 2021 | Integr Environ Assess Manag

Our study is one of the first to report species-, developmental stage-, and compound-specific differences in sensitivity to PFAS across a wide range of amphibian species.

Health and social concerns about living in three communities affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): A qualitative study in Australia

19 Jan 2021 | PLoS One

We describe residents' perceptions and experiences of PFAS in three regional Australian towns where exposure has occurred.

Human Biomonitoring (HBM)-I values for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) - description, derivation and discussion

19 Jan 2021 | Regul Toxicol Pharmacol

Evidence for associations between PFOA- and PFOS-exposure was found for a wide range of health outcomes depending on total body burden.

Latest Policy

Notice of Availability for Public Comment: Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance

12 Jan 2021

The EPA is requesting public comment on its recently published Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance.

PFAS Product Liability Cases – Are the Floodgates Now Open?

12 Jan 2021

A signal that this “next wave” of products liability litigation may be here came late last week with the announcement that a product manufacturer settled a group of pending PFAS lawsuits – some of the damages going to environmental cleanup, but some of the damages going towards settlement with individuals for personal injury.

State to begin monitoring ‘forever chemicals’ in public water supplies

4 Jan 2021

The Minnesota Department of Health will sample public water systems for PFAS starting in early 2021.

Much Still Unknown about PFAS Destruction and Disposal

1 Jan 2021

This guidance, published Dec. 18, 2020, highlights how much is still unknown about how to effectively remove these materials from the environment.

National defense bill may mean money for PFAS cleanup in Massachusetts

29 Dec 2020

The House is expected to vote Monday to override President Donald J. Trump’s veto of the $740 billion national defense bill, which includes money for PFAS cleanup at air bases across the country.

Opportunities

Notice of Availability for Public Comment: Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance

Posted: 12 Jan 2021

The EPA is requesting public comment on its recently published Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance.

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