Solvay withholds data about toxic PFAS pollution in New Jersey

17 Nov 2020 | The Intercept

New Jersey has sued Solvay Specialty Polymers over its refusal to release secret studies of its PFAS chemicals.

Seeking PFAS cleanup, New Jersey sues Solvay and Arkema

13 Nov 2020 | C&EN

New Jersey is suing Solvay Specialty Polymers and Arkema to clean up PFAS at a site along the Delaware River and in drinking water.

Biden EPA transition team member helped DuPont dodge responsibility for PFOA

11 Nov 2020 | The Intercept

Michael McCabe, a former EPA official and aide to Joe Biden, led DuPont’s defense of PFOA avoiding regulation that would have cost DuPont dearly.

U.S. military responsible for widespread PFAS pollution in Japan

9 Nov 2020 | The Intercept

A new book by Jon Mitchell exposes “countless” releases of PFAS chemicals by the U.S. military in Japan.

State launches study on PFAS and health effects in West Michigan

9 Nov 2020 | WWMT

The study will sample PFAS in drinking water and the health markers such as thyroid hormones and cholesterol among residents of Parchment and Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County and the Belmont and Rockford areas of Kent County.

'Forever chemicals' can have far-reaching consequences, need more regulation in Canada, scientists say

7 Nov 2020 | CBC Radio Canada

Unlike pesticides or pharmaceutical drugs, a significant portion of the more than 6,300 different types of PFAS on the market have little to no data on their use, toxicity and chemical structure and are not currently regulated or restricted in Canada. Also, a restriction or a ban of a specific substance does not automatically mean that its replacements do not pose similar or other harm.

[Press Release] Wisconsin state agencies announce additional groundwater quality standard recommendations

6 Nov 2020 | Wisconsin Department of Health Services

These recommendations include 12 individual PFAS.

PFAS regulations for groundwater could be imminent

2 Nov 2020 | Bloomberg Law

Based on what we’re already seeing from several state regulators, and based on the practices of local wastewater operations, there is a good chance that increased PFAS pressure will continue in the very near future.

Blood plasma levels of cancer-causing PFOS high among residents of 2 Tokyo suburbs: NPO

2 Nov 2020 | The Mainichi

The tap water also contains concentrations of PFOS above the national government's provisional target level.

Toxic synthetic 'forever chemicals' are in our water and on our plates

2 Nov 2020 | PBS

It was the start of the 2016 growing season when the farmers were told their water was contaminated.

Exposure to environmental immunotoxicants may worsen outcome of SARS-CoV-2 infection

2 Nov 2020 | News Medical Life Sciences

Increased plasma PFBA levels were associated with more severe COVID-19 prognosis, even after adjustment for comorbidities, sex, age, origin, sampling time, and location. Although PFBA levels in plasma were lower than most PFAS studied, PBFA accumulates in the lungs, and hence it is suspected that PBFA exposure may contribute to the severity of disease.

New report underscores cost impact of PFAS on POTWs, biosolids facilities

2 Nov 2020 | Water Finance & Management

The report presents a comprehensive analysis of an in-depth survey created to help quantify these costs and operational impacts of PFAS policies and regulations at 29 publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and biosolids management facilities mainly located in the New England region.

New team formed to spearhead complex contamination cleanup

30 Oct 2020 | Star Tribune

Its work will focus solely on a Tyco Fire Products investigation and remediation of PFAS linked to Tyco facilities.

State PFAS enforcement against the federal government – irresistible force meets immovable object?

30 Oct 2020 | Fox Rothschild

The Department of Defense, the entity that in many states is seen as a significant potentially responsible party with respect to PFAS contamination related to AFFF usage, has raised numerous defenses and objections to state enforcement and litigation efforts, from sovereign immunity to arguments based on the absence of PFAS from the list of CERCLA hazardous substances, to challenges to the validity of state regulatory standards for PFAS.

Why are DuPont and Chemours still discharging the most notorious ‘forever chemical’?

28 Oct 2020 | Environmental Working Group

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), who chairs the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter asking why they’re still discharging a highly toxic substance they claim not to have used in years. Data from the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online database shows ongoing discharges from both the Circleville and Parkersburg facilities.