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  • ‘Forever chemicals’ found in drinking water across Kentucky

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    21 Nov 2019 | WFPL

    In total, PFAS were found in 41 of the 81 water treatment plants sampled. In about 82 percent of those samples, researchers found levels under five ppt. The highest levels (PFOS + PFOA at 42 ppt or sum of all PFAS at 66 ppt) were measured in Eastern Kentucky along the Ohio River in South Shore.

  • Mark Ruffalo’s environmental drama ‘Dark Waters’ gets DC premiere

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    20 Nov 2019 | The Hill

    In his new film, Ruffalo plays lawyer Robert Bilott, who spent 20 years fighting a class action lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company, winning a more than $600 million settlement in 2017. The suit was over toxic runoff from a DuPont landfill with PFAS chemicals, which linger and contaminate water and food sources long after their initial use. There is no federal regulation of these chemicals, though the US EPA acknowledges that exposure to them can be dangerous for humans and that the chemicals can be found in food and water supplies.

  • Rapid, large-volume, thermally controlled 3D printing using a mobile liquid interface

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    19 Nov 2019 | Science

    PFAS is used to decrease surface tension and enhance the efficiency of 3D printing.

  • Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFFs) Are Very Toxic to Aquatic Microcrustaceans

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    18 Nov 2019 | Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

    Seven brands of fire fighting foams were found to be toxic to organisms on the lowest levels of freshwater food chains.

  • Occurrence and source apportionment of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in the atmosphere in China

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    12 Nov 2019 | Atmos. Chem. and Phy.

    In a nationwide geographical study researchers found seasonal trends in PFAS concentrations, especially in summer months centering around the Henan province.

  • Biomonitoring of emerging contaminants, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in New Jersey adults in 2016–2018

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    5 Nov 2019 | Intern.Journal of Hygi. and Environ. Health

    New Jersey adults had higher PFOA, PFNA, and PFHxS levels compared to other U.S. adults, on average.

  • ‘Forever chemicals’ legacy weighs on Chemours’ future

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    4 Nov 2019 | Bloomberg Environment

    Estimates of Chemours’ liabilities related to PFAS, range from the company’s figure of up to $802 million, to one analyst’s calculation of more than $160 billion—more than 15 times the company’s highest-ever market capitalization.

  • [Audio] PFAS chemicals, and you

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    1 Nov 2019 | Science Friday

    Science Friday: Conversation with Robert Bilott and Sharon Lerner

  • PFAS solution IN (or OUT) of the NDAA?

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    1 Nov 2019 | National Law Review

    Read the full article by Steven Barringer and Katie Reed (National Law Review) “As legislative days dwindle, Congress is in a full sprint to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (related blog post), among several other must-pass bills. Controversial issues, such as border wall funding, military actions related to Iran, PFAS, among others, have bedeviled congressional…

  • Mark Ruffalo, Todd Haynes talk ‘Dark Waters’: ‘Our environmental future is at stake’

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    29 Oct 2019 | Variety

    “It is the truth,” Bilott said, assessing how accurate he feels the film is. “They did an amazing job condensing [20 years] into two hours. I was a little skeptical at first…about whether I should do something like this, but it was clear that [Mark] was doing it for the right reason: to bring the story out, to do it accurately and [he] wanted to show what really happened.”

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

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    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.”

  • 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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  • For PFAS, hazardous designation is not a ban

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    15 Oct 2019 | EWG News

    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.