US, Japan defense officials discuss how to address chemical contamination near American bases

17 Jan 2020

During a recent meeting the officials agreed that the two governments should work together to create a task force for handling toxic chemicals.

Communities Petition EPA to Regulate Hazardous PFAS Chemicals

16 Jan 2020

The Green Science Policy Institute is petitioning the EPA to list hundreds of PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated chemicals) as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

[Public comment] Massachusetts DEP: PFAS Maximum Contaminant Level Proposed Amendments & Public Comment

27 Dec 2019

MassDEP proposed regulatory changes to develop a drinking water standard for six PFAS and will be accepting public comments on proposed regulations ending on February 28, 2020.

U.S. EPA: Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS

26 Dec 2019

The U.S. EPA released its interim recommendations for cleanup guidance for CERCLA, RCRA, and other federal cleanup programs.

Michigan starts collecting firefighting foam containing PFAS

13 Dec 2019

After the foam is picked up, it will be shipped to a facility in Idaho. There it will be solidified and placed in a licensed hazardous waste landfill.

ECHA Member State Committee agrees on identification of PFBS and its salts as Substances of Very High Concern

11 Dec 2019

This decision was based on the concerns regarding these substances' very high persistence, high mobility in water and soil, high potential for long-range transport, and difficulty of remediation and water purification as well as moderate bioaccumulation in humans.

Trump administration, GOP strip out PFAS standard, cleanup requirements from defense bill

10 Dec 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI acknowledged some key provisions were taken out, including requiring that a standard be set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration that would require intervention when it was exceeded. However, the legislation still contains key provisions to help reduce PFAS contamination, especially as it relates to military uses.

[Public comment] U.S. EPA requests public input on adding PFAS chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory

25 Nov 2019

U.S. EPA is seeking public comments on potentially adding certain PFAS to the list of chemicals companies are required to report to the agency as part of the Toxics Release Inventory.

[Public comment] California DTSC: Proposal to List Treatments Containing PFASs for Use on Converted Textiles or Leathers as Priority Products

8 Nov 2019

California's DTSC is seeking public comments on the proposal to regulate treatments containing PFAS for use on converted textiles or leathers such as carpets, upholstery, clothing and shoes, as Priority Products under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. Deadline: Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

[Public comment] Systematic review protocol for the PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA IRIS assessments

8 Nov 2019

The U.S. EPA is holding a 45-day public comment period for the systematic review protocol for the PFBA, PFHxA, PFHxS, PFNA, and PFDA IRIS assessments. Deadline: Monday, December 23, 2019.

Congress Quickly Losing Patience With EPA on PFAS

31 Oct 2019

Republicans and Democrats alike on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said the agency is moving too slowly to set minimum standards for the presence of PFAS in water.

[Public comment] California DTSC: PFAS and their alternatives in food packaging products

26 Oct 2019

California's DTSC is seeking input on specific questions pertaining to PFAS and their alternatives in food packaging products. Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

[Proposal solicitation] SERDP and ESTCP grants for PFAS cleanup research

24 Oct 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense's environmental research arm is soliciting proposals for research into thermal destruction and in situ sorption of PFAS.

[Public comment] EU notification on the PFAS ban in paper and board FCM in Denmark

23 Oct 2019

Scientists, business, regulators and others, not necessarily based in the EU, can comment. Deadline: January 24, 2020.

Victoria, Australia: Interim Position Statement on PFAS

22 Oct 2019

The EPA in Victoria, Australia adopts precautionary interim PFAS management standards while waiting on national regulation.

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