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  • Northeast Conference on the Science of PFAS: Public Health & the Environment

    Events

    31 Mar 2020

    NEWMOA, in collaboration with others, has organized a conference to ensure that action to address PFAS contamination is informed by the most current and reliable science. There is also an open call for conference presenters, posters, and sponsors.

  • Congress Quickly Losing Patience With EPA on PFAS

    Policy

    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.

  • More than 2 dozen groups urge Wisconsin lawmakers to act on PFAS contamination

    News

    24 Oct 2019 | Wisconsin State Journal

    The coalition is pushing for adoption of a bill known as the CLEAR Act, which would require the DNR to establish and enforce standards for at least six PFAS. Additionally, the CLEAR Act, would allow the DNR to require anyone who possesses PFAS to prove they have the financial means to clean up any potential contamination. Lawmakers are also considering a Republican-sponsored bill that would limit where firefighters and others could test or train with foam containing PFAS.

  • [EWG News] PFAS exposure may increase risk of breast cancer

    News

    24 Oct 2019 | EWG

    To reduce the risk of breast cancer and other health impacts from PFAS, Congress should include in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020 provisions that would quickly phase out the use of PFAS in military firefighting foam, reduce industrial discharges of PFAS, require reporting and monitoring for PFAS in ground and surface water, and jump-start the cleanup process under Superfund.

  • [EWG News] For PFAS, hazardous designation is not a ban

    News

    15 Oct 2019 | EWG

    Designating PFAS as “hazardous substances” is critical to cleaning up legacy contamination [and is different than a ban]. There are currently 761 substances on the CERCLA hazardous substances list. Almost 700 of them have been on the list since the law was passed in 1980. An EWG analysis found that at least 599, or 79 percent of these chemicals are likely still in active use in commerce today. What’s more, 339 of the CERCLA hazardous substances chemicals, or 44 percent, are not only in production, but likely produced at high volumes.

  • Michigan House of Reps passes AFFF bills

    News

    5 Oct 2019 | Alpena News

    A package of three bills that would keep better tabs on the amount of hazardous firefighting foam used in the state was passed in the state House and is headed to the Senate.

  • Peters' resolution to phase out PFAS in fire fighting foam passes Senate

    News

    25 Sep 2019 | WKZO AM/FM

    The unanimously passed resolution is calling for the final National Defense bill sent to the President to include a provision prohibiting the Department of Defense from using firefighting foams containing PFAS by the end of 2023.

  • Trump Threatens to Veto First Ever Congressional Action on ‘Forever Chemicals’

    News

    22 Sep 2019 | Truthout

    President Trump has threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it contains current amendments that would protect soldiers — and surrounding communities — impacted by the U.S. military’s use of PFAS-laden firefighting foam. Congress has until early October to submit an agreed-upon, merged bill to the president.

  • New science on PFAS chemicals should mobilize our senators

    News

    19 Sep 2019 | The Fayetteville Observer

    A peer-reviewed study, published this month in the prestigious Chemical Engineeri Journal, found short-chain PFAS chemicals, like GenX, are more widely detected, more persistent, and more mobile than long-chain PFAS chemicals they were designed to replace--such as PFOA and PFOS... This is profound news considering PFAS chemical makers, like Chemours, continue to claim GenX and other short-chain PFAS are safer replacements.

  • Guest opinion: How to expedite PFAS contamination cleanup

    News

    13 Sep 2019 | The Intelligencer

    If this national crisis isn’t important enough for the EPA to flex its muscle, what is? If it never exercises its authority, it’s as if it has none.

  • [Recording] U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing: The Devil They Knew: PFAS Contamination and the Need for Corporate Accountability, Part III

    Policy

    10 Sep 2019

    A recording and supporting documents from September 10, 2019 U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment hearing on PFAS.

  • Lawmakers push for state limit on PFAS in Delaware drinking water

    News

    6 Sep 2019 | Delaware Public Media

    Leaders of the State Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee and House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter 1 to Gov. John Carney asking him to direct the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Social Services to develop MCL rulemakings for PFAS in public drinking water.

  • New Hampshire bans PFAS in firefighting foam

    Policy

    4 Sep 2019

    New Hampshire has banned firefighting foams containing perfluoroalkyl chemicals.

  • New Hampshire Governor signs bills addressing PFAS in firefighting foam, furniture

    News

    3 Sep 2019 | Concord Monitor

    A law signed by Gov. Chris Sununu would require fire departments to turn over older stocks of firefighting foam to the state, prohibit them from purchasing more foam containing PFAS, and restrict them from using existing foam except in specific circumstances.

  • Denmark becomes first country to ban all PFAS from food contact materials

    Policy

    3 Sep 2019

    Danish Food Minister Mogens Jensen moves to ban harmful PFAS in food packaging.

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