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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

[Podcast] The true cost of PFAS

26 Jul 2021 | Whooshkaa

Alissa Cordner, an Environmental Sociologist and Associate Professor at Whitman College, discusses a recent commentary paper "The True Cost of PFAS and the Benefits of Acting Now" which was published in Environment Science and Technology Journal.

Efforts underway in Europe to ban PFAS compounds

23 Jul 2021 | Chemistry World

The five European countries are proposing to ban the entire class of chemicals.

US House passes Dingell bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

21 Jul 2021 | Michigan Advance

The legislation would direct EPA to start the regulatory process for regulating PFAS, in drinking water and making the decision on whether to set drinking water standards for certain types of PFAS or to regulate the entire class,.

PFAS update: Current state-by-state groundwater regulations

21 Jul 2021 | JD Supra

States have adopted a patchwork of regulations and guidance standards which presents significant compliance challenges to impacted industries.

Companies agree to $65M settlement over Hoosick Falls PFAS lawsuit

21 Jul 2021 | WAMC Northeast Public Radio

The agreement, which still needs court approval, would provide money and medical monitoring for thousands of property owners and residents.

Latest Science

Spatial and Temporal Patterns of PFAS Occurrence at a Wastewater Beneficial Reuse Site in Central Pennsylvania

20 Jul 2021 | ASABE

PFAS present in the crop tissue suggests that PFAS may enter the food chain once those crops are fed to livestock.

Placental Transfer and Composition of Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs): A Korean Birth Panel of Parent-Infant Triads

20 Jul 2021 | Toxics

Gestational age and birth weight were positively associated with a placental transfer rate of PFOA, PFHxS, and PFOS, while pre-pregnant BMI and weight were inversely associated with PFOS.

Perfluorononanoic acid impedes mouse oocyte maturation by inducing mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress

20 Jul 2021 | Reprod Toxicol

PFNA was found to inhibit the development of immature eggs preventing successful reproduction.

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) adsorption in drinking water by granular activated carbon: Influence of activated carbon and PFAS characteristics

20 Jul 2021 | Sci Total Environ

Activated carbon filters were found to absorb different PFAS from contaminated water at different efficiencies.

Chronic low-level perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) exposure promotes testicular steroidogenesis through enhanced histone acetylation

20 Jul 2021 | Environ Pollut

Low-level PFOS exposure was found to promote the development of steroid hormones.

Latest Policy

[Report] Reconciling Terminology of the Universe of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Recommendations and Practical Guidance

20 Jul 2021

This report summarizes recent efforts by the OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group to provide recommendations and practical guidance to all stakeholders with regard to the terminology of PFAS.

E.P.A. Approved Toxic Chemicals for Fracking a Decade Ago, New Files Show

13 Jul 2021

For much of the past decade, oil companies engaged in drilling and fracking have been allowed to pump into the ground chemicals that, over time, can break down into toxic substances known as PFAS — a class of long-lasting compounds known to pose a threat to people and wildlife — according to internal documents from the EPA.

EPA Identifies Drinking Water Contaminants for Potential Regulation

12 Jul 2021

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Draft Contaminant Candidate List 5 (CCL 5), which provides the latest list of drinking water contaminants that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and are not currently subject to EPA drinking water regulations.

[OECD Report] Reconciling Terminology of the Universe of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Recommendations and Practical Guidance

12 Jul 2021

This report summarizes recent efforts by the OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group in reviewing the universe and terminology of PFAS to provide recommendations and practical guidance to stakeholders including a revised definition of PFAS. 

[Resource] PFAS-REACH Science-based Guidance for Patients and Clinicians to Inform Their Decision Making

9 Jul 2021

These guidance documents are intended for people living and clinicians working in communities with PFAS contaminated water or who have had some other source of substantial exposure to PFAS.

Opportunities

[Sign-on Opportunity] Statement on the Registration of Polymers under REACH

Posted: 30 Apr 2021

This statement calling for more transparency on polymers marketed in the EU continues to be open for signatures.

[Request for Information] The National Emerging Contaminant Research Initiative

Posted: 2 Jul 2021

Comments provided through this request for information will inform the development of a National Emerging Contaminant Research Initiative and external grant solicitations. Deadline: August 2, 2021.

Collection of Concordant Multimedia Measurements to Evaluate PFAS Human Exposure Pathways Request for Applications (RFA) and Informational Webinar

Event: 23 Aug 2021

The Agency is soliciting research that proposes and evaluates innovative protocols for measuring human exposure to PFAS chemicals in cohorts where biomonitoring is being conducted.

The PFAS Lab is hiring!

Deadline: 1 Sep 2021

The PFAS Lab is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow for the transdisciplinary environmental health-social science team. The start date of this position is September 1st, 2021 and applications will be reviewed immediately. The search will remain open until the position is closed or filled. The link to the application can be found here.

[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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