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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

PFAS Rule to Cost Many Millions More, EPA Analysis Finds

23 Nov 2022 | Bloomberg Law

Companies would pay hundreds of millions of dollars more to report their production of PFAS and importation of goods made with the chemicals than the EPA originally estimated, according to a revised economic analysis the agency will publish Friday.

Many DOE weapons complex sites record exposure to PFAS, mull next steps

23 Nov 2022 | Exchange Monitor

Many sites within the Department of Energy’s weapons complex have at least some level of exposure to certain human-made chemicals drawing increasing attention from the U.S. EPA, according to a report released Tuesday.

GAC Filters Continue To Effectively Remove Chemours’ PFAS

21 Nov 2022 | Cape Fear Public Utility Authority 

CFPUA has an ongoing program to monitor PFAS in raw, untreated water from the Cape Fear River and in finished, treated drinking water.

More than 110 experts raise alarm over WHO’s ‘weak’ PFAS limits for drinking water

19 Nov 2022 | The Guardian

Independent scientists raise concerns about apparent industry influence and distortions of the science in WHO guidelines.

A Year in Review: EPA’s Work on PFAS

18 Nov 2022 | Environmental Protection

The EPA’s A Year of Progress Under EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap, published this week, outlines what actions have been taken so far to better the lives of people in our communities.

Latest Science

[Letter] Global plastic treaty should address chemicals

24 Nov 2022 | Science

Out of more than 10,000 known plastics chemicals, at least 2400 are classified as toxic.

Systemic toxicity induced by topical application of perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), and perfluoropentanoic acid (PFPeA) in a murine model

23 Nov 2022 | Food Chem Toxicol

Dermal exposure to newer PFAS showed similar effects on the liver and immune system as oral PFAS exposure.

Insights into the Dermal Absorption, Deposition, and Elimination of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Rats: The Importance of Skin Exposure

23 Nov 2022 | Environ Sci Technol

Dermal absorption of PFAS can be long-lasting and contribute considerably to the body burden of PFAS in a human model species.

Prenatal Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, Maternal Thyroid Dysfunction, and Child Autism Spectrum Disorder

23 Nov 2022 | Endocrinol Metab (Seoul)

A review of relevant studies found that PFAS exposure may lead to thyroid dysfunction and childhood developmental abnormalities.

What Happens In Utero Does Not Stay In Utero: a Review of Evidence for Prenatal Epigenetic Programming by Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Infants, Children, and Adolescents

22 Nov 2022 | Curr Environ Health Rep

This review covers the relationship between prenatal exposure to PFAS and epigenetic modifications in infants, children, and adolescents  over  18 years of age.

Latest Policy

Cleanup Liability Among Concerns About EPA’s Hazardous PFAS Plan

28 Nov 2022

The EPA is vowing to move quickly to designate two “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, but has to balance the Biden administration’s desire to better protect disadvantaged communities with public and private sector fears they’ll be held liable for a problem not of their own making.

[Blog] The Clean Energy Future: How We Get There Matters

21 Nov 2022

In the midst of global efforts to clean up and eliminate the use of PFAS, Chemours is doubling down on manufacturing these toxic “forever” chemicals.

Michigan judge sides with 3M, invalidates PFAS cleanup rules

17 Nov 2022

he state of Michigan did not follow proper administrative procedure when setting groundwater cleanup standards for PFAS chemicals, according to a judicial order which invalidated those rules this week but did not immediately prohibit their continued usage.

California sues over PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ that taint water

14 Nov 2022

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the state of California accuses 3M, Dupont and 16 smaller companies of covering up the harm caused to the environment and the public from chemicals manufactured by the firms that have over decades found their way into waterways and human bloodstreams.

California Sues 3M and DuPont Over PFAS Chemicals

10 Nov 2022

California is suing 3M Co. and DuPont de Nemours Inc. along with other manufacturers of PFAS, a collection of chemicals that have been linked to health issues including cancer and are commonly found in consumer products such as fabrics, food packaging and cookware.

Opportunities

[Job] Assistant Professor of Flexible Packaging

Event: 23 Jan 2023

The School of Packaging at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 9-month tenure track Assistant Professor with 50% teaching, 40% research, and 10% service assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be August 16, 2023.

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