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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

Mich. lawsuit v. 3M, Wolverine re PFAS pollution proceeds

9 Jun 2021 | Reuters

The residents say the companies created a private and public nuisance by knowingly polluting their environment with PFAS.

It’s literally raining PFAS around the Great Lakes, say researchers

8 Jun 2021 | MLive

Rain that fell on Ohio this spring contained a surprisingly high amount of toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to raw data from a binational Great Lakes monitoring program that tracks airborne pollution.

[Press Release] Flea-control products found to be infested with forever chemicals

7 Jun 2021 | PEER

One major concern is that people can be exposed to these products though their skin by petting and playing with their pets and children face even greater risk through their frequent hand-to-mouth behavior.

NMED investigates size of PFAS plumes

7 Jun 2021 | NM Political Report

The investigation will look into where public and private water sources could be contaminated and how wildlife may be impacted by the chemicals in Curry and Roosevelt counties, New Mexico.

Maine senators want FDA standards for PFAS in drinking water

6 Jun 2021 | WPTV

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King have joined colleagues to call on FDA to set PFAS standards for bottled water.

Latest Science

Legacy and emerging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in sediments from the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea: Occurrence, source apportionment and environmental risk assessment

9 Jun 2021 | Chemosphere

PFOA was predominant and HFPO-DA concentration was comparable to PFOS with PBSA and HFPO-DA found for the first time in sediment.

Investigating the Uptake and Fate of Poly- and Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS) in Sea Ice Using an Experimental Sea Ice Chamber

9 Jun 2021 | ES&T

PFAS distribution is strongly governed by the presence and dynamics of brine (high salinity water) within the sea ice.

Air monitoring with passive samplers for perfluoroalkane substances in developing countries (2017-2019)

9 Jun 2021 | Chemosphere

41 developing countries were sampled, with Zambia showing exceptionally high levels of PFAS.

Perfluorotridecanoic Acid Inhibits Leydig Cell Maturation in Male Rats in Late Puberty via Changing Testicular Lipid Component

9 Jun 2021 | Chem Res Toxicol

PFTrDA delays the maturation of testicle cells in late puberty mainly by altering the free fatty acid profile.

Determination of perfluorooctane sulphonate and perfluorooctanoic acid in seafood and water from Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate area, Thailand

9 Jun 2021 | Food Addit Contam Part A Chem Anal Control Expo Risk Assess

PFOS levels exceeded the total tolerable weekly intake value for PFAS mixtures in a Thai population.

Latest Policy

Legislators reconsider bill to restrict PFAS-containing products within US military

9 Jun 2021

The PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act looks to bar the military’s purchase or sale of a broad range of consumer goods containing PFAS.

Limit PFAS in bottled water, US senators tell the FDA

1 Jun 2021

Eleven US Senators are asking the US FDA to set a federal limit on PFAS allowable in bottled water.

Blumenthal & Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Reduce PFAS Exposure Among Servicemembers & Military Families

25 May 2021

The PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act prohibits the Department of Defense from procuring, purchasing, and selling items that contain PFAS, dangerous and toxic chemicals commonly found in many everyday items like food service ware, carpets and rugs, clothing, and cosmetics.

New PFAS health risk levels cement gap between US federal agencies

18 May 2021

A division of the US Department of Health and Human Services has finalized health risk levels for four PFAS.

PFAS Legislation In Vermont Some of Most Aggressive In U.S.

11 May 2021

On May 5, 2021, Vermont entered the final stages of enacting one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation related to PFAS in the country.

Opportunities

[Sign-on Opportunity] Developing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste

Posted: 10 Mar 2021

Over 1600 scientists & practitioners from nearly 75 countries have already signed-on in support of establishing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste, akin to the IPCC and IPBES. The sign-on campaign will remain open until the end of September 2021.

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