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  • Chemours calls for focused PFAS research, controls

    News

    24 Oct 2019 | Bloomberg Environment

    Chemours, facing hundreds of millions in liability, believes that the regulatory focus should be on the non-polymer category of PFAS. Efforts also should include a look at side-chain fluorinated polymers because “these compounds do have the potential to degrade under certain conditions to form non-polymer PFAS." Chemours has also committed to making its authentic reference standards publicly available and called upon the rest of the fluoropolymer industry to do the same.

  • Top U.S. toxicologist was barred from saying PFAS cause disease in humans. She’s saying it now

    News

    24 Oct 2019 | The Intercept

    “I was banned from doing it,” said Birnbaum. “I had to use ‘association’ all the time. If I was talking about human data or impacts on people, I had to always say there was an association with a laundry list of effects.”

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

    Policy

    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.

  • 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.

  • PFAS exposure may increase risk of breast cancer

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    24 Oct 2019 | EWG News

    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.

  • Shapiro: ‘Legal action’ coming for companies tied to PFAS drinking water contamination

    News

    23 Oct 2019 | The Intelligencer

    Attorney General Josh Shapiro says his office will file legal action in the coming months against companies that made firefighting foams. Chemicals found in the foams have contaminated Bucks and Montgomery County communities.

  • Dr. Phil Brown talks PFAS contamination and ongoing research

    News

    23 Oct 2019 | Northeastern University

    “It’s a big deal,” Brown says. “You put all this together and it’s the biggest chemical contamination issue in many, many years.” The important part, he says, is to regulate these chemicals as a class, rather than individually. Otherwise, each of the roughly 4,700 chemicals would need to be investigated separately, even if they had only minor molecular differences. And since the health effects are long-term problems like cancer, these studies could take decades.

  • Michigan hires private lawyers also pushing opioid cases for PFAS lawsuit

    News

    23 Oct 2019 | Legal Newsline

    Fields PLLC of Washington, D.C. will head Michigan’s PFAS case. Previously, Richard Fields found major success in asbestos and breast implant litigation by taking on the insurance companies that issued policies to the corporate defendants.

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

    Policy

    23 Oct 2019

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

  • Diet as a Source of Exposure to Environmental Contaminants for Pregnant Women and Children from Six European Countries.

    Science

    23 Oct 2019 | Environ. Health Perspect.

    Fish consumption was found to be related to higher PFAS exposure levels.

  • GenX protest at plant near Fayetteville on Oct. 26

    News

    22 Oct 2019 | Fayetteville Observer

    People angry about the GenX chemical contamination of water supplies south of Fayetteville plan to hold a protest at the Chemours Co. chemical plant.This will be held in conjunction with other protests at Chemours operations in Italy and Mexico.

  • EPA still plans to introduce PFAS limits for drinking water by year-end

    News

    22 Oct 2019 | mlive

    Federal officials said during a visit to Michigan that they are on track to meet a year-end deadline to propose regulatory standards for PFAS in drinking water.

  • 10 toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in Louisville, KY, tap water

    News

    22 Oct 2019 | EWG News

    The highest level of any single PFAS detected in the EWG sample collected in Louisville was 22 ppt of a compound known as GenX. It is a replacement chemical for PFOA, which was used to make Teflon before U.S. manufacturers phased it out of production under pressure from the EPA. The EPA’s research has found that GenX is nearly as toxic as the PFOA it replaced, and DuPont, its original manufacturer, has provided test results to the EPA showing that GenX caused cancer in lab animals.

  • Victoria, Australia: Interim Position Statement on PFAS

    Policy

    22 Oct 2019

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

  • Themed issues on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

    Science

    22 Oct 2019 | Royal Soc. of Chem.

    A summary of current PFAS research focused on sources, analytical techniques, toxicity, regulation, and remediaiton.