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20/10/2021 -

Ever wonder how your mascara or lipstick stays on all day? It might be that it contains PFAS, a class of chemicals used to make products water- and oil-resistant that are also found on Teflon nonstick pans and Gore-Tex waterproof clothing. Unfortunately, PFAS are linked to cancer and other serious health problems. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS in Articles and Products Companies Voluntary Action Towards PFAS Regulation

Makeup is full of toxic ‘forever chemicals.’ Why aren’t they banned?

Ever wonder how your mascara or lipstick stays on all day? It might be that it contains PFAS, a class of chemicals used to make products water- and oil-resistant that are also found on Teflon nonstick pans and Gore-Tex waterproof clothing. Unfortunately, PFAS are linked to cancer and other serious health problems. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS in Articles and Products Companies Voluntary Action Towards PFAS Regulation
20/10/2021 -

DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility. Since 2018, potentially unsafe levels of PFAS have been found in the groundwater of more than 4,000 residential parcels near the Chemours factory in Fayetteville, N.C., according to the state's environmental regulator. High concentrations of GenX, a type of PFAS, were found in 232 of those parcels. More:


How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution

DuPont factories pumped dangerous substances into the environment. The company and its offspring have gone to great lengths to dodge responsibility. Since 2018, potentially unsafe levels of PFAS have been found in the groundwater of more than 4,000 residential parcels near the Chemours factory in Fayetteville, N.C., according to the state's environmental regulator. High concentrations of GenX, a type of PFAS, were found in 232 of those parcels. More:

20/10/2021 -

Because of their useful surfactant properties, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been massively produced for non-stick coatings, water-repellant fabrics and firefighting foams. However, scientists have detected these highly stable "forever chemicals" throughout the environment, prompting toxicity concerns. Now, researchers have characterized PFAS in contemporary and historical organic waste products applied to agricultural fields in France. More:


Urban wastes used as fertilizers contain higher PFAS than livestock manure

Because of their useful surfactant properties, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been massively produced for non-stick coatings, water-repellant fabrics and firefighting foams. However, scientists have detected these highly stable "forever chemicals" throughout the environment, prompting toxicity concerns. Now, researchers have characterized PFAS in contemporary and historical organic waste products applied to agricultural fields in France. More:

19/10/2021 -

The environmental protection agency has released its plan for tackling widespread contamination by the highly toxic persistent industrial compounds known as PFAS, which have been found in drinking water around the country. The agency’s “PFAS Strategic Roadmap” is part of an interagency push by the Biden administration to combat the chemicals, which are associated with a range of health problems and last indefinitely in the environment. More:

PFAS in products, water and soil PFAS Testing PFAS Regulation

People exposed to PFAS criticize EPA action plan as too little, too late

The environmental protection agency has released its plan for tackling widespread contamination by the highly toxic persistent industrial compounds known as PFAS, which have been found in drinking water around the country. The agency’s “PFAS Strategic Roadmap” is part of an interagency push by the Biden administration to combat the chemicals, which are associated with a range of health problems and last indefinitely in the environment. More:

PFAS in products, water and soil PFAS Testing PFAS Regulation
19/10/2021 -

Anglers who fish Piscataway Creek off the Potomac River are being warned to limit their consumption of what they catch after Maryland regulators discovered elevated levels of so-called “forever chemicals” in fish downstream of Joint Base Andrews, an air base in Prince George’s County. More:

PFAS Human Health and Environmental Risks US EPA: PFAS Strategic Roadmap

‘Forever chemicals’ trigger first fish consumption warning in Chesapeake region

Anglers who fish Piscataway Creek off the Potomac River are being warned to limit their consumption of what they catch after Maryland regulators discovered elevated levels of so-called “forever chemicals” in fish downstream of Joint Base Andrews, an air base in Prince George’s County. More:

PFAS Human Health and Environmental Risks US EPA: PFAS Strategic Roadmap
18/10/2021 -

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS refers to more than 4,000 man-made chemicals that are often called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. Exposure to the chemicals has been linked to certain cancers, weakened immunity, thyroid disease, and other health effects. The E.P.A. administrator, wants to limit a class of chemicals that has been linked to cancer and is found in everything from drinking water to furniture. More:


A Move to Rein In Cancer-Causing ‘Forever Chemicals’

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS refers to more than 4,000 man-made chemicals that are often called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment. Exposure to the chemicals has been linked to certain cancers, weakened immunity, thyroid disease, and other health effects. The E.P.A. administrator, wants to limit a class of chemicals that has been linked to cancer and is found in everything from drinking water to furniture. More:

18/10/2021 -

The debate about what the “essential use” of a hazardous chemical is rages on in Zoom rooms and Google meets all over Europe. Following the release of the EU Commission’s Chemical Strategy almost exactly one year ago – which introduced the term essential use in EU policy – officials, industry and civil society are now battling it out in the hopes of owning the definition of this, so far, wishy washy concept. More:


Essential Use - “We need toxic chemicals – for clothes and warm food”

The debate about what the “essential use” of a hazardous chemical is rages on in Zoom rooms and Google meets all over Europe. Following the release of the EU Commission’s Chemical Strategy almost exactly one year ago – which introduced the term essential use in EU policy – officials, industry and civil society are now battling it out in the hopes of owning the definition of this, so far, wishy washy concept. More:

17/10/2021 -

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic “forever chemicals” associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported. More:

PFAS in Landfills - Sampling and Analysis PFAS use in Hydraulic Fracking Industrial Discharges PFAS in Drinking Water

Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic “forever chemicals” associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported. More:

PFAS in Landfills - Sampling and Analysis PFAS use in Hydraulic Fracking Industrial Discharges PFAS in Drinking Water
12/10/2021 -

Rodent pests have been a problem for crop-growers since Neolithic farmers pioneered planting wheat, millet, and spelt, and humans have been teaming up with raptors to hunt small prey for thousands of years. Over the last two decades, farmers throughout the United States have increasingly turned to raptors to reduce the rodents that damage their crops. More:


Raptors Rather Than Rodenticide

Rodent pests have been a problem for crop-growers since Neolithic farmers pioneered planting wheat, millet, and spelt, and humans have been teaming up with raptors to hunt small prey for thousands of years. Over the last two decades, farmers throughout the United States have increasingly turned to raptors to reduce the rodents that damage their crops. More:

12/10/2021 -

Découverte en début d'année, la pollution des sols aux dioxines concerne une bonne partie de Lausanne: du centre-ville à Sauvabelin. Dans les deux zones les plus touchées, le canton recommande de ne plus consommer les oeufs et les cucurbitacées produits sur place. More:


La pollution aux dioxines touche une bonne partie de la Ville de Lausanne

Découverte en début d'année, la pollution des sols aux dioxines concerne une bonne partie de Lausanne: du centre-ville à Sauvabelin. Dans les deux zones les plus touchées, le canton recommande de ne plus consommer les oeufs et les cucurbitacées produits sur place. More:

12/10/2021 -

A study finds almost 42,000 potential sources of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that could be polluting surface water or drinking water in communities across the U.S. PFAS pollution affects all communities, from the affluent to those near the fence lines of industrial facilities. More:

PFAS Human Exposure and Health Effects PFAS Industrial discharges PFAS Water contamination PFAS Response

EWG study: Almost 42,000 sources of toxic 'forever chemicals' could be polluting surface or drinking water across the U.S.

A study finds almost 42,000 potential sources of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that could be polluting surface water or drinking water in communities across the U.S. PFAS pollution affects all communities, from the affluent to those near the fence lines of industrial facilities. More:

PFAS Human Exposure and Health Effects PFAS Industrial discharges PFAS Water contamination PFAS Response
11/10/2021 -

Canton Vaud councillor Béatrice Métraux said 126 sites were studied for dioxin contamination in the western Swiss city. The problem is worse than had been expected: a total of 26 sites were found to have concentrations over the cantonal limit (100 nanograms per kilo). Residents have been advised to avoid local free-range eggs and certain vegetables. More:


High levels of dioxin found in Lausanne soils

Canton Vaud councillor Béatrice Métraux said 126 sites were studied for dioxin contamination in the western Swiss city. The problem is worse than had been expected: a total of 26 sites were found to have concentrations over the cantonal limit (100 nanograms per kilo). Residents have been advised to avoid local free-range eggs and certain vegetables. More:

08/10/2021 -

The United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledged that access to a "safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment" is a basic human right. The new resolution -- proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland -- passed with significant support of 43 votes. More:


UN says access to a 'clean, healthy' environment is a human right

The United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledged that access to a "safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment" is a basic human right. The new resolution -- proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland -- passed with significant support of 43 votes. More:

08/10/2021 -

Every year, approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The malady extinguishes firing nerve cells, severing the highways between our brain and muscles. People progressively lose their ability to walk, talk, eat—and eventually their last breath—within two to five years. No one knows the causes, no one knows the cure. But a study sheds light on a potential contributor to the disease: pesticide exposure. More:

Pesticides: Exposure and Human Health Effects

Higher estimated pesticide exposures linked to ALS risk

Every year, approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The malady extinguishes firing nerve cells, severing the highways between our brain and muscles. People progressively lose their ability to walk, talk, eat—and eventually their last breath—within two to five years. No one knows the causes, no one knows the cure. But a study sheds light on a potential contributor to the disease: pesticide exposure. More:

Pesticides: Exposure and Human Health Effects
07/10/2021 -

The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin. More:

PFAS Legal matters

‘Something has to be done’: Living along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, one of Wisconsin’s most polluted waterways

The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin. More:

PFAS Legal matters
05/10/2021 -

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that bans the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and paper straws, effective January 1, 2023. The law known as AB 1200 also requires manufacturers to label cookware that contains toxic chemicals on product handles or coatings, starting January 1, 2024. More:


California bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging and paper straws

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that bans the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and paper straws, effective January 1, 2023. The law known as AB 1200 also requires manufacturers to label cookware that contains toxic chemicals on product handles or coatings, starting January 1, 2024. More:

30/09/2021 -

PFAS, the chemical substances present in products like anti-stick pans and raincoats, are so hazardous for the environment and human health that there is talk about banning them. But the chemical company Chemours (previously Dupont) in Dordrecht continues to fight a previous European decision to qualify GenX – PFAS type substances – as a substance of high concern. More:

Action on GenX PFAS in packaging PFAS in cosmetics

Chemours to the European Court for hazardous GenX

PFAS, the chemical substances present in products like anti-stick pans and raincoats, are so hazardous for the environment and human health that there is talk about banning them. But the chemical company Chemours (previously Dupont) in Dordrecht continues to fight a previous European decision to qualify GenX – PFAS type substances – as a substance of high concern. More:

Action on GenX PFAS in packaging PFAS in cosmetics
29/09/2021 -

Traces of 122 different pesticides have been found in 12 most polluted fruit and veg products, many with links to cancer. Almost all grapes and oranges contain a “cocktail of pesticides” according to research, which has singled out the most polluted fruit and vegetables in our shopping trolleys. More:


Cocktail of pesticides in almost all oranges and grapes, UK study finds

Traces of 122 different pesticides have been found in 12 most polluted fruit and veg products, many with links to cancer. Almost all grapes and oranges contain a “cocktail of pesticides” according to research, which has singled out the most polluted fruit and vegetables in our shopping trolleys. More:

25/09/2021 -

It’s been more than 30 years since the public first learned that the former Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. buried industrial fluids containing the carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in pits along the natural gas line, including in Shermans Dale. More:


Cancer-causing wastes still exist along the Texas Eastern pipeline 30 years after settlement

It’s been more than 30 years since the public first learned that the former Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. buried industrial fluids containing the carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in pits along the natural gas line, including in Shermans Dale. More:

24/09/2021 -

As the movement grows, we thought it would be interesting to ask the companies about the biggest challenges connected to moving away from PFAS. Their answers weren’t really that surprising to us. Still, it’s useful to be able to confirm our assumptions – and obviously nice to pat ourselves on the back for being right all along. More:


50 companies have joined the PFAS Movement – we asked them about their biggest PFAS challenges

As the movement grows, we thought it would be interesting to ask the companies about the biggest challenges connected to moving away from PFAS. Their answers weren’t really that surprising to us. Still, it’s useful to be able to confirm our assumptions – and obviously nice to pat ourselves on the back for being right all along. More:

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