POPs in the news

07/11/2022 -

In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health presented a new tool that offers PFAS researchers a way to compare total exposures to PFAS across scientific studies. The tool may provide researchers a more effective method to study these persistent toxins. More:


New PFAS exposure scoring method could speed research on health effects

In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health presented a new tool that offers PFAS researchers a way to compare total exposures to PFAS across scientific studies. The tool may provide researchers a more effective method to study these persistent toxins. More:

07/11/2022 -

Buildings renovated with healthier furnishings had significantly lower levels of the entire group of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS)—toxic chemicals linked with many negative health effects—than buildings with conventional furnishings, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. More:


PFAS levels lower in buildings with healthier furnishings

Buildings renovated with healthier furnishings had significantly lower levels of the entire group of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS)—toxic chemicals linked with many negative health effects—than buildings with conventional furnishings, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. More:

07/11/2022 -

The EPA knows that plastic containers are leaching toxic ‘forever chemicals’ into pesticides. But PFAS are also ending up in pesticides from other sources—in much higher quantities. More:

PFAS in Pesticides PFAS in Pesticides: Analysis results Use of Pesticides in the U.S. PFAS in Sewage Sludge: Contaminated Soil PFAS in Containers and Packaging PFAS Exposure, Health Effects, Health Advisories, and Alternatives

New Evidence Shows Pesticides Contain PFAS, and the Scale of Contamination Is Unknown

The EPA knows that plastic containers are leaching toxic ‘forever chemicals’ into pesticides. But PFAS are also ending up in pesticides from other sources—in much higher quantities. More:

PFAS in Pesticides PFAS in Pesticides: Analysis results Use of Pesticides in the U.S. PFAS in Sewage Sludge: Contaminated Soil PFAS in Containers and Packaging PFAS Exposure, Health Effects, Health Advisories, and Alternatives
05/11/2022 -

“Forever chemicals” are everywhere. The thousands of chemicals in the group known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are found in cookware, packaging, cosmetics, clothing, carpet, electronics, firefighting foam and many other products. More:


States take on PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ with bans and lawsuits

“Forever chemicals” are everywhere. The thousands of chemicals in the group known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are found in cookware, packaging, cosmetics, clothing, carpet, electronics, firefighting foam and many other products. More:

04/11/2022 -

Chemicals may drift away from farms and land on birds’ skin and feathers, they might seep into soil and water where they kill the insects and invertebrates birds love to eat. Sometimes, birds directly ingest them when the pesticide is a granule or coated onto a seed. More:

Pesticides' Impact on Wildlife

Op-ed: This loophole allows pesticide-coated seeds to kill birds. It’s time to close it

Chemicals may drift away from farms and land on birds’ skin and feathers, they might seep into soil and water where they kill the insects and invertebrates birds love to eat. Sometimes, birds directly ingest them when the pesticide is a granule or coated onto a seed. More:

Pesticides' Impact on Wildlife
04/11/2022 -

The celebration was short-lived: Though the fish have returned, researchers from the Penobscot Nation and government agencies have documented an array of toxic chemicals contaminating them, including dreaded per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances linked to various cancers and other health problems. More:

PFAS in Fish Freshwater Fish Advisories POPs Exposure through Traditional Subsistence Foods and Health Impact

Industrial chemicals threaten hunting and fishing traditions

The celebration was short-lived: Though the fish have returned, researchers from the Penobscot Nation and government agencies have documented an array of toxic chemicals contaminating them, including dreaded per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances linked to various cancers and other health problems. More:

PFAS in Fish Freshwater Fish Advisories POPs Exposure through Traditional Subsistence Foods and Health Impact
04/11/2022 -

Testing on popular brands of infant bedding, bibs and other products for babies found nearly one third contained toxic PFAS chemicals and there were indicators that all of the products tested could contain PFAS. More:


Tests find PFAS in baby products and pet food packaging

Testing on popular brands of infant bedding, bibs and other products for babies found nearly one third contained toxic PFAS chemicals and there were indicators that all of the products tested could contain PFAS. More:

29/10/2022 -

Nearly all participants in a new study looking at exposure to PFAS “forever chemicals” in the US state of North Carolina have multiple dangerous compounds in their blood, and most at levels that researchers say requires medical screening. More:


PFAS left dangerous blood compounds in nearly all US study participants

Nearly all participants in a new study looking at exposure to PFAS “forever chemicals” in the US state of North Carolina have multiple dangerous compounds in their blood, and most at levels that researchers say requires medical screening. More:

27/10/2022 -

Unilever is the latest company to issue a voluntary recall of aerosol personal care products because of elevated levels of benzene. Benzene contamination has led to similar product recalls by other major manufacturers, including Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. More:

Benzene in Personal Care Products and Pharmaceuticals Benzene - Human Exposure and Health Impact

Unilever spray shampoo tainted with cancer-causing benzene

Unilever is the latest company to issue a voluntary recall of aerosol personal care products because of elevated levels of benzene. Benzene contamination has led to similar product recalls by other major manufacturers, including Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. More:

Benzene in Personal Care Products and Pharmaceuticals Benzene - Human Exposure and Health Impact
27/10/2022 -

For Halloween, many kids will use face paint as the perfect finishing touch for their costumes. It’s a popular alternative to costume masks, which can obscure children’s vision on dark streets. But exposure to some ingredients in novelty makeup can result in scary reactions, like skin rashes, itching, swollen eyelids and other irritations, where the paints are applied. More:

PFAS in Cosmetics PFAS Human Health Effects Heavy metals in Cosmetics Asbestos in Cosmetics Benzene in Personal care products

Frightful ingredients hiding in Halloween face paint

For Halloween, many kids will use face paint as the perfect finishing touch for their costumes. It’s a popular alternative to costume masks, which can obscure children’s vision on dark streets. But exposure to some ingredients in novelty makeup can result in scary reactions, like skin rashes, itching, swollen eyelids and other irritations, where the paints are applied. More:

PFAS in Cosmetics PFAS Human Health Effects Heavy metals in Cosmetics Asbestos in Cosmetics Benzene in Personal care products
27/10/2022 -

When US regulators issued a 2019 assessment of the widely used farm chemical paraquat, they determined that even though multiple scientific studies linked the chemical to Parkinson’s disease, that work was outweighed by other studies that did not find such links. Overall, the weight of scientific evidence was “insufficient” to prove paraquat causes the brain disease, officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared. More:

Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides The Paraquat case

Amid calls for ban on weed killer linked to Parkinson’s, a battle over science

When US regulators issued a 2019 assessment of the widely used farm chemical paraquat, they determined that even though multiple scientific studies linked the chemical to Parkinson’s disease, that work was outweighed by other studies that did not find such links. Overall, the weight of scientific evidence was “insufficient” to prove paraquat causes the brain disease, officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared. More:

Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides The Paraquat case
27/10/2022 -

Five popular tampon brands — including two advertised as organic — have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of the group of chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report. More:

PFAS in Clothing and Feminine hygiene products Endocrine disruptors in Feminine hygiene products PFAS in Cosmetics

Evidence of PFAS found in tampons — including organic brands

Five popular tampon brands — including two advertised as organic — have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of the group of chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report. More:

PFAS in Clothing and Feminine hygiene products Endocrine disruptors in Feminine hygiene products PFAS in Cosmetics
27/10/2022 -

Their discovery was cause for worldwide alarm and unprecedented action. In short order, the international community marshaled its resources — scientific, economic, diplomatic — to mount a campaign to ban the chemical that caused the damage, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and to restore the ozone layer. More:


The shrinking ozone hole shows that the world can actually solve an environmental crisis

Their discovery was cause for worldwide alarm and unprecedented action. In short order, the international community marshaled its resources — scientific, economic, diplomatic — to mount a campaign to ban the chemical that caused the damage, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and to restore the ozone layer. More:

26/10/2022 -

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in industrial and commercial applications, until they were banned in the late 1970s as a result of their significant environmental pollution. PCBs in the environment gained scientific interest because of their persistence and the potential threats they pose to humans. More:


A Review of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Pollution in the Air: Where and How Much Are We Exposed to?

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in industrial and commercial applications, until they were banned in the late 1970s as a result of their significant environmental pollution. PCBs in the environment gained scientific interest because of their persistence and the potential threats they pose to humans. More:

25/10/2022 -

Richard Friedman is the lead attorney on most of the 21 lawsuits. He says the Washington lawsuits and the Vermont lawsuit are likely the first few ripples of an oncoming tsunami of cases against Monsanto, and the danger that’s been lurking beneath the depths for decades is quickly rising to the surface. More:

PCBs in Schools

Fighting a chemical giant: cases mounting against PCB manufacturer Monsanto

Richard Friedman is the lead attorney on most of the 21 lawsuits. He says the Washington lawsuits and the Vermont lawsuit are likely the first few ripples of an oncoming tsunami of cases against Monsanto, and the danger that’s been lurking beneath the depths for decades is quickly rising to the surface. More:

PCBs in Schools
24/10/2022 -

Many companies view performance and functionality as something sacred, and to intentionally lower the performance of a product is completely out of the question. “Our customers expect this level of performance and functionality from our products”, companies often argue. More:


Are you climbing Mount Everest, or just going to work?

Many companies view performance and functionality as something sacred, and to intentionally lower the performance of a product is completely out of the question. “Our customers expect this level of performance and functionality from our products”, companies often argue. More:

23/10/2022 -

Their house sits more than 4 miles east of this Central Washington community, beyond the reach of Selah’s public water system. So, the couple and their two children relied on a well punched into a basalt lava rock aquifer to quench their thirst, cook, clean and bathe. In February two U.S. Army representatives knocked on their door to deliver cases of bottled water and a carefully worded letter that noted a “potential risk to human health.” More:

PFAS Forever Chemicals PFAS in Consumer Products

Heartache, anger in Central Washington over drinking-water wells tainted by 'forever chemicals'

Their house sits more than 4 miles east of this Central Washington community, beyond the reach of Selah’s public water system. So, the couple and their two children relied on a well punched into a basalt lava rock aquifer to quench their thirst, cook, clean and bathe. In February two U.S. Army representatives knocked on their door to deliver cases of bottled water and a carefully worded letter that noted a “potential risk to human health.” More:

PFAS Forever Chemicals PFAS in Consumer Products
23/10/2022 -

Recycling held strong appeal to many people, and returning nitrogen-rich waste to the soil could boost agricultural productivity without the need for expensive fertilizers. Care had to be taken to test for heavy metals, proponents noted, but they believed spreading human waste on farm fields, an age-old practice in many cultures, was safe and sustainable. More:

The PFAS problem Short-chain perfluoroalkyl acids PFAS in the environment PFAS: Soil contamination and plant uptake PFAS: From sludge to soil History of land application of biosolids and calls for caution PFAS management PFAS bioremediation

A Spreading Problem: How PFAS got into soils and food systems

Recycling held strong appeal to many people, and returning nitrogen-rich waste to the soil could boost agricultural productivity without the need for expensive fertilizers. Care had to be taken to test for heavy metals, proponents noted, but they believed spreading human waste on farm fields, an age-old practice in many cultures, was safe and sustainable. More:

The PFAS problem Short-chain perfluoroalkyl acids PFAS in the environment PFAS: Soil contamination and plant uptake PFAS: From sludge to soil History of land application of biosolids and calls for caution PFAS management PFAS bioremediation
21/10/2022 -

The longtime manufacturer of paraquat is being sued by thousands of Parkinson’s sufferers. The plaintiffs claim scientific studies show that exposure to paraquat can cause, or significantly increase the risk of, Parkinson’s disease, but rather than warn users, the companies prioritized paraquat sales over human health. More:

Paraquat: Human Health Effects EU Regulation on Paraquat Lawsuits on Paraquat

A human toll- paraquat users blame Syngenta for Parkinson’s disease

The longtime manufacturer of paraquat is being sued by thousands of Parkinson’s sufferers. The plaintiffs claim scientific studies show that exposure to paraquat can cause, or significantly increase the risk of, Parkinson’s disease, but rather than warn users, the companies prioritized paraquat sales over human health. More:

Paraquat: Human Health Effects EU Regulation on Paraquat Lawsuits on Paraquat
20/10/2022 -

The study, led by North Carolina State University researchers and published today in the Frontiers in Toxicologyjournal, suggests that per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, commonly known as PFAS, are disrupting the immune systems of both exposed wildlife and humans. More:

PFAS immune impact in alligators PFAS immune impact on humans

PFAS-polluted North Carolina alligators have weakened immune systems

The study, led by North Carolina State University researchers and published today in the Frontiers in Toxicologyjournal, suggests that per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, commonly known as PFAS, are disrupting the immune systems of both exposed wildlife and humans. More:

PFAS immune impact in alligators PFAS immune impact on humans
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