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Lawmakers, environmental activist introduce PFAS Action Act

13 Apr 2021 | ABC News

U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced legislation that aims to protect people and the environment from chemicals known as PFAS.  

[Press Release] EPA releases updated PFBS toxicity assessment after rigorous scientific review

8 Apr 2021 | EPA

PFBS has been used as a replacement chemical for PFOS, voluntarily phased out by the primary U.S. manufacturer. PFBS has been identified in environmental media and consumer products, including surface water, wastewater, drinking water, dust, carpeting and carpet cleaners, and floor wax.

[Press Release] Calif. bill would ban ‘forever chemicals’ in products for children

8 Apr 2021 | EWG

The bill will be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee next month.

Federal agencies plan to investigate links between PFAS exposure and viral illness

8 Apr 2021 | Circle of Blue

Two federal health agencies, National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, are planning to investigate potential links between exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals and susceptibility to viral illnesses such as Covid-19, pneumonia, and the flu.

Gillibrand unveils PFAS medical monitoring bill in Hoosick Falls

5 Apr 2021 | WAMC

Gillibrand’s PFAS Accountability Act would create a standard for PFAS exposure, make the class of chemicals illegal for use, fund epidemiological research on the compounds, and create a national medical monitoring program.

Bemidji settles with 3M over water treatment for ‘forever chemicals’

4 Apr 2021 | MPR News

3M will pay $12.5 million toward building and operating a new treatment facility to remove PFAS in the city's water supply.

A town’s water is contaminated with ‘forever chemicals.’ How did it get that bad?

2 Apr 2021 | Consumer Reports

Tests by the Guardian and CR found high levels of PFAS in Pittsboro, N.C.

California moves on PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS under Proposition 65

1 Apr 2021 | JD Supra

The other PFAS that are the focus of OEHHA’s actions include PFDA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFUnDA.

State's Largest Business Lobby Sues Environmental Regulators Over PFAS Sampling Of Wastewater

1 Apr 2021 | Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce filed a complaint on Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court against the State, claiming the agency is unlawfully seeking to sample wastewater for PFAS that’s released from industrial and municipal facilities.

We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals

31 Mar 2021 | Consumer Reports and the Guardian

A nine-month investigation by the Guardian and Consumer Reports found alarming levels of forever chemicals, arsenic and lead in samples taken across the US. Almost every sample tested had measurable levels of PFAS.

Bill targets PFAS firefighting foam but allows continued use

30 Mar 2021 | Washington Post

The legislation prohibits the discharge of firefighting foam containing PFAS except for fighting fires, fire prevention operations, and testing and training.

[Blog] Lowe’s bans PFAS in fabric protector sprays

29 Mar 2021 | NRDC Blog

As commitments to remove PFAS from products on store shelves gather steam, manufacturers should ensure that replacements are safe and should disclose all ingredients used in all fabric protectors they make.

A tale of PFAS, pollution, and patent claims

27 Mar 2021 | C&EN

Analytical reference standards are not known for attracting intrigue and drama. Recently, though, the specter of patent infringement lawsuits has prevented researchers from quantifying environmental contamination by a perfluorinated “forever chemical.”

UK ‘flying blind’ on levels of toxic chemicals in tap water

25 Mar 2021 | The Guardian

The UK government has so far only made plans to make plans to understand the levels of drinking water pollution.

[Press Release] California to list notorious ‘forever chemical’ as a cause of cancer in people

24 Mar 2021 | EWG

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment, or OEHHA, said March 19 that PFOA “meets the criteria for listing as known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65,” based on the findings of a National Toxicology Program report last year.

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