Shaheen, Carper & Schumer Introduce Landmark Legislation to Fund PFAS Cleanup

17 Mar 2020

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation with Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to help communities combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination and exposure in drinking water and groundwater.

DOD releases PFAS task force progress report

13 Mar 2020

Concurrent with the release of the report, the department is releasing a consolidated inventory of 651 DOD and National Guard installations where the department is performing an assessment of PFAS use or potential release.

[Public comment] California DTSC: PFASs in carpets and rugs

28 Feb 2020

California's DTSC is seeking public comment on the regulatory proposal to list carpets and rugs containing PFAS as a priority product. Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020. Public hearing will be held on April 13 at 9 AM in Sacramento, CA.

[Public comment] Draft scientific opinion on the risks to human health related to the presence of perfluoroalkyl substances in food

24 Feb 2020

The European Food Safety Authority is holding consultation for the proposed PFOA+PFOS+PFHxS+PFNA tolerable weekly intake of 8 ng/kg of body weight per week. Parts of the European population exceed this level with fish, fruit, and eggs being the largest sources of exposure. Comment period ends on April 20, 2020.

ECOS White Paper: Processes & considerations for setting state PFAS standards

13 Feb 2020

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) compiled information from 23 states on their processes, rulemaking requirements, and other considerations for establishing PFAS guidelines.

[Public comment] Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

31 Jan 2020

The provisions include establishment of drinking water standards, sampling requirements, public notification requirements, and laboratory certification criteria for a number of PFAS contaminants. Comments may be made until January 31, 2020 at 5PM.

[Public comment] Washington State Draft Report to the Legislature: Safer Products

29 Jan 2020

The draft report to be submitted to the legislature by June 1, 2020 identifies carpet and aftermarket carpet treatments containing PFAS among the priority products. A webinar is scheduled for February 19, 2020. Comment period ends on March 2, 2020.

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.

Germany proposes PFHxA restriction under REACH

20 Dec 2019

Germany has submitted its intention to restrict PFHxA and related chemicals under REACH. Chemicals in this group are short-chain PFAS used in many consumer products.

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.