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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.

  • Communities Petition EPA to Regulate Hazardous PFAS Chemicals

    Policy

    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).

  • NY bans use of toxic chemical in firefighting foam

    News

    11 Jan 2020 | NBC Universal

    New York plans to restrict the use of firefighting foam that contains certain chemicals that have the potential to contaminate groundwater.

  • House passes sweeping bill to target spread of toxic ‘forever chemicals’

    News

    10 Jan 2020 | The Hill

    Under the bill the EPA would be required to set a mandatory drinking water standard for PFAS. The bill includes a number of other measures that would further regulate PFAS, including requiring PFAS to be covered under the hazardous waste cleanup law, and imposes a five-year moratorium on the development of new PFAS chemicals.

  • Senate Committee advances bill to ban PFAS in firefighting foam

    News

    9 Jan 2020 | Wisconsin Public Radio

    A Wisconsin bill would ban the use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS in most cases. Democratic lawmakers objected, saying the bill doesn’t go far enough to protect the public.

  • House plans to take up sweeping new PFAS bill with waste implications

    News

    7 Jan 2020 | Industry Dive

    While some waste companies have been wary of PFAS legislation, others are open to the potential upside.

  • Broad-ranging PFAS chemicals bill on House floor next week

    News

    3 Jan 2020 | Bloomberg Environment

    The House expects to begin considering a bill that would push the EPA to create nationwide protective measures against PFAS, and could vote on passage Jan. 10, according to an aide to House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

  • Lawmakers back to square one on 'forever chemicals'

    News

    26 Dec 2019 | The Hill

    Lawmakers must largely start anew after a major attempt to regulate a cancer-linked chemical that is spreading into the water supply across the United States was stripped from legislation this week, striking the best bet in years to address the problem.

  • New York moves to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in firefighting foam

    News

    26 Dec 2019 | Bloomberg Environment

    New York enacted a ban on the use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of firefighting foam and equipment containing fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, unless no viable alternatives are available.

  • European countries announce plan to phase out toxic PFAS chemicals by 2030

    News

    26 Dec 2019 | The Intercept

    Enviornmental officials from Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark today announced a plan to restrict all PFAS compounds under Europe’s chemical regulations framework.

  • Federal bill tackles toxic PFAS chemicals ground water but food packaging still a concern

    News

    19 Dec 2019 | Komo News

    Under the new bill, the military will phase out the use of PFAS over three years. Biophysical Chemist Arlene Blum, executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute, says it's a big first step.

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

    News

    10 Dec 2019 | Detroit Free Press

    “While it’s good news that the Defense Department will finally phase out PFAS in firefighting foam and food packaging, communities desperately need Congress to tackle industrial PFAS releases into the air and water and to require DOD to clean up legacy PFAS pollution," said Scott Faber, an official with the Environmental Working Group.

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

    Policy

    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.

  • Topic of Cancer: How PFAS threaten our water

    News

    10 Dec 2019 | Capital & Main

    What’s more, while the persistent and mobile nature of PFAS chemicals means that no neighborhood is safe from contamination, smaller water systems—particularly those serving disadvantaged communities—face an uphill task in tackling the problem due to the higher probability of aging infrastructure and limited resources, as compared to larger utilities.

  • Defense bill boosts climate resilience, ends PFAS foam use (2)

    News

    10 Dec 2019 | Bloomberg Environment

    “The provisions for nationwide water testing and phasing out PFAS in military firefighting foam are a major milestone in the fight against PFAS,” Tom Bruton, a senior scientist at the Green Science Policy Institute, said in a statement. “Just a few years ago achieving these critical protections, especially the foam phaseout, seemed impossible.”

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