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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 are raining down on Lake Superior

8 Jun 2024 | Quetico Superior Foundation

A recent study published in Environmental Science and Technology reveals that rain has played a large role in spreading PFAS into all five Great Lakes.

Drinking Water Has Highest Contamination Levels in These Five States

8 Jun 2024 | Newsweek

New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania have the most highly contaminated drinking water systems, according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) interactive map.

Looking to avoid toxic 'forever' chemicals? Here's your best chance of doing so.

7 Jun 2024 | USA TODAY

It may also be wise to avoid beauty or cookware products that are advertised as being waterproof, greaseproof, or nonsticking if they aren't specifically labeled as PFAS-free.

Texas Farmers Sue EPA for Alleged Inaction on Forever Chemicals

6 Jun 2024 | Bloomberg Law

The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, says the Environmental Protection Agency’s inaction allowed PFAS from sewage sludge fertilizers to contaminate farmlands, livestock, crops, and water supplies.

Maine's biggest water district sues over so-called forever chemicals

6 Jun 2024 | Associated Press

The Portland Water District lawsuit comes as the cost of the disposal of PFAS-contaminated sewage sludge has doubled from $1.6 million to $3.2 million over the last three years.

Latest Science

Occurrence of 80 Per and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the Muscle and Liver tissues of Marine Mammals of the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, Quebec, Canada

10 Jun 2024 | Front. Environ. Chem.

Marine mammals from the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, such as dolphins and porpoises, were found to have high levels of PFAS in their tissues, with the white-sided dolphin showing the highest average concentrations—39 ng/g in muscle and 334 ng/g in liver—while species like the harp seal had much lower levels, emphasizing the need for stronger regulations to protect these vulnerable animals.

Developmental perfluorooctane sulfonic acid exposure exacerbates house dust mite induced allergic responses in adult mice

4 Jun 2024 | Sci Total Environ

PFOS not only disrupts lung development and increases asthma risk in mice, but also exacerbates allergic inflammation caused by house dust mites, particularly in females, underscoring potential sex-dependent health risks from PFOS exposure.

Association of co-exposure to organophosphate esters and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and mixture with cardiovascular-kidney-liver-metabolic biomarkers among Chinese adults

4 Jun 2024 | Ecotoxicol Environ Saf

Exposure to common environmental contaminants like organophosphate esters and PFAS, especially PFHxS and PFNA, is associated with disruptions in liver function and cholesterol levels, suggesting potential risks for chronic diseases due to their widespread presence in the human body.

Non-targeted analysis of per-and polyfluorinated substances in consumer food packaging

3 Jun 2024 | Chemosphere

A non-targeted workflow utilizing high-resolution mass spectrometry successfully detected previously unknown PFAS compounds in diverse consumer food packaging samples, revealing the presence of several compounds and emphasizing the prevalence of both emerging and legacy PFAS in food packaging materials.

[Report] PFAS Management at Airports: A Guide

1 Jun 2024 | National Academy of Sciences

Developed as a guideline for airport personnel and aviation professionals, the summary underscores the challenges posed by PFAS contaminants in firefighting foams, highlighting the need to manage uncertainties in regulatory requirements, disposal practices, and health and safety measures while anticipating stricter standards for PFAS compounds.

Latest Policy

Lamont signs PFAS ban — with a suggested improvement

10 Jun 2024

Unlike versions passed in other states, the new Connecticut law lacks a waiver process for keeping a product on the market when there is no reasonable alternative, Lamont noted in his signing letter.

After progress on PFAS bills this session, Merrimack reps promise, ‘We’ll be back’

6 Jun 2024

“The goal is to stop the source,” said Rep. Nancy Murphy, a Merrimack Democrat who sponsored several PFAS-related bills. “And that’s our intent, and we’re not gonna stop until we do that.”

New bill could bail out US farmers ruined by ‘forever chemical’ pollution

30 May 2024

The bipartisan proposal that would remediate farms affected by toxic PFAS contamination is gaining speed in Congress.

San Francisco bans PFAS from firefighter gear to combat cancer risk

24 May 2024

San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to ban PFAS chemicals from its firefighters' protective gear, aiming to reduce the elevated cancer risk among firefighters.

Maine Amends Its PFAS Statute, Exempting Certain Product Categories from the Sales Prohibition and Eliminating the General Notification Requirement

24 May 2024

The legislation also creates new sales prohibitions for products with intentionally added PFAS with varying effective dates, expands the exemption of certain product categories from the prohibitions, and establishes a new reporting program for those product categories that receive a currently unavoidable use determination from MDEP.


[Job for California College/University Students] Graduate Student Assistant - Environmental Health

Event: 16 Jun 2024

The California Department of Public Health is seeking to hire a graduate-level student to fill one paid student intern position.

[Public Comment] Filing of Food Additive Petition From Environmental Defense Fund

Posted: 6 May 2024

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing that it has filed a food additive petition, submitted by Environmental Defense Fund et al., proposing that the food additive regulations be amended to remove fluorinated polyethylene.

[Job] Research Associate - Michigan State University

Event: 1 Apr 2025

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition seeks a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) to work in Dr. Courtney Carignan’s research program.

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