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  • Assembly advances PFAS bill

    News

    23 Jan 2020

    The bill, which now heads to the State Senate, would prevent firefighters from using foam that contains PFAS, a family of toxic chemicals. The bill would allow the use of toxic foam in emergencies and in cases when fire departments have a plan to deal with the foam.

  • Colorado fire departments are switching to a new PFAS firefighting foam, but concerns linger

    News

    17 Jan 2020 | CPR News

    An older generation of the firefighting foam containing PFAS has been retired from use in Colorado, and across military bases. Now, a newer version with a different chemical formula is available. Originally it was believed to not accumulate in the body, but research is emerging that shows potentially toxic health effects.

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

    Policy

    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.

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

    News

    17 Jan 2020 | Stars and Stripes

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

  • PFAS concern remains high In Marinette

    News

    16 Jan 2020 | Milwaukee Public Media

    In 2013, Johnson Controls, firefighting foam production and training facility, discovered PFAS contamination in soil and wells within its 380-acre campus. Four years later, the company reported that it believed contamination had spread outside its property.

  • FAA opens fire research facility

    News

    16 Jan 2020 | AVweb

    The 2,500 square-foot, fully enclosed fire-test facility will “eliminate weather related variables in testing and enhance data collection capabilities” along with containing and collecting fire testing chemical byproducts and preventing contamination of the surrounding area.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • State fines Air Force $1.7M over base wastewater monitoring near Clovis

    News

    9 Jan 2020 | Santa Fe New Mexican

    Under the New Mexican state law, the Air Force is supposed to monitor its wastewater but has failed to do so. Aside from PFAS chemicals, the wastewater likely contains other pollutants, including nitrate, chloride, Kjeldahl nitrogen and dissolved metals that exceed state standards.

  • 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.

  • Researchers find high levels of PFAS chemicals in rainwater in United States

    News

    18 Dec 2019 | The Weather Channel

    Most of the samples had PFAS concentrations of less than 1 ng/l, or 1 ppt, but several were about 4 ng/l. The highest total concentration was nearly 5.5 ng/l in a sample from Massachusetts. For drinking water, some states have proposed setting the level at which some type of official action is required at 2 nanograms per liter.

  • A 'forever chemical' contaminates drinking water near military bases

    News

    16 Dec 2019 | NBC News

    Communities nationwide have found levels of PFAS in their water hundreds, sometimes thousands, of times higher than the level recommended by the EPA.

  • How PFAS negotiations fell apart

    News

    13 Dec 2019 | E&E News

    Before Democrats managed to secure provisions to address a class of toxic chemicals in an annual defense measure, negotiations fell apart at the hands of their own members... "The American Chemistry Council probably has something to do with it," Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) told reporters.

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