DOD Must Do More to Address PFAS Pollution

19 Jun 2020 | Bloomberg Law

Military service members and their families are especially at risk from forever chemicals because of the DOD’s 50-year use of fire-fighting foam made with PFAS.

Michigan collects 30k gallons of toxic PFAS firefighting foam

17 Jun 2020 | MLive

Foam is solidified into a cement-like state before disposal. It was originally headed for U.S. Ecology’s hazardous waste landfill in Belleville, but it has been re-routed to Idaho because the region receives less rainfall and landfills there do not generate as much leachate.

Hundreds of airports nationwide are still using firefighting foam linked to cancer

15 Jun 2020 | FOX56

While in 2018, Congress directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to stop requiring the use of fluorinated firefighting foam by 2021, but until the FAA comes out with an alternative some airports will continue to use it.

PFAS Maker 3M Pays Utility’s Legal Fees in State Regulatory Fight

12 Jun 2020 | Bloomberg News

Corporate giant and PFAS maker 3M Co. is underwriting a legal fight by a New Hampshire water utility to have tough new regulatory rules thrown out, an unusual partnership that has alarmed local environmental activists.

State Legislature passes legislation prohibiting incineration of AFFF with PFAS

11 Jun 2020 | The Record

This New York state level action would solidify the one-year moratorium on incineration unanimously adopted by the Cohoes Common Council on April 28.

Wisconsin leads 22-state coalition on PFAS

10 Jun 2020 | Urban Milwaukee

States are urging the agency to regulate more PFAS substances and consider regulating PFAS as a class of chemicals.

PFAS cleanup backers face unexpected foe: water utilities

9 Jun 2020 | Bloomberg Law

After decades of inaction, the federal government has gotten serious about cleaning up PFAS, a class of compounds known as “forever chemicals” that have been linked to health problems and inhabit the bloodstream of nearly every American

San Francisco Bay region issues risk-based screening levels for PFAS at cleanup sites

8 Jun 2020 | JDSupra

The Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board also created a strategy for identifying and prioritizing potential sites for PFAS testing, as well as additional investigation and cleanup. Sites with industrial, manufacturing or firefighting facilities/processes that have a history of using PFAS will be prioritized.

Johnson Controls pushes back on DNR order to test more wells for ‘forever chemicals’

8 Jun 2020 | Milwaukee journal sentinel

Tyco Fire Products, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls, started testing firefighting foam with perfluorinated chemicals at the training center in Marinette in 1962 and continued the practice until late 2017 when testing was moved indoors, where the chemicals could be captured and transported to a different site for disposal.

ASDWA publishes new PFAS – source water protection guide and toolkit

5 Jun 2020 | ASDWA

The purpose of the guide and toolkit is to demonstrate and share effective strategies for addressing PFAS contamination risk in source waters that will help inform policy decisions, assist state drinking water programs in protecting public health, and encourage collaboration and communication among states and water utilities.

Foam Transition: Is it as simple as "foam out/foam in"?

5 Jun 2020 | The Catalyst

As an increasing number of drinking water supplies are discovered to be impacted with PFASs above levels deemed to be safe, numerous impacted communities are instigating litigation against end users and manufacturers of aqueous film forming foams and fluoroprotein foams.

New PFAS chemical contamination discovered in New Jersey

4 Jun 2020 | The Intercept

Government scientists suspected that the factory was releasing a dangerous PFAS chemical, and they had good reason to think so.

Warning issued over PFAS levels in fish in 3 Connecticut rivers

4 Jun 2020 | NBC Connecticut

People are urged to eat no more than one meal per month of bass taken from the specific sections of the Natchaug, Shetucket, and Willimantic Rivers.

New PFAS chemical contamination discovered in New Jersey

4 Jun 2020 | The Intercept

The recently identified chemicals is known only as “Solvay’s compound” which is a replacement for the PFNA, a close relative of PFOA. Previously, 83 wells around the site have been found to be contaminated with both PFNA and PFOA. Elevated levels of PFNA were found in people living near the plant, with one person’s blood level reaching 63 times the national average.

Developing field device to detect PFAS contamination

3 Jun 2020 | News Wise

Potentially harmful man-made chemicals used in firefighting foam and consumer products have contaminated groundwater and even private wells near military, industrial and disposal sites across the country—including Joe Foss Field and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.