POPs in the news

26/01/2022 -

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Working Group has identified more than 1,500 textile mills that may be releasing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that are responsible for contaminating drinking water across the U.S. More:

PFAS: Human Health Impact PFAS: Industry Discharges PFAS Regulation

EWG: At least 1,500 U.S. textile mills likely dischargers of ‘forever chemicals’

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Working Group has identified more than 1,500 textile mills that may be releasing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that are responsible for contaminating drinking water across the U.S. More:

PFAS: Human Health Impact PFAS: Industry Discharges PFAS Regulation
26/01/2022 -

The non-profit Toxic-Free Future found that almost three-quarters of 47 pieces of outdoor apparel, bedding, and kitchen linens that were marketed as stain- or water-resistant contain one or more per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. And many of these items contained specific PFAS banned in the European Union and no longer made in the U.S. due to their health effects. More:

PFAS Toxicity PFAS in Clothing

PFAS widespread in water- and stain-resistant outdoor clothes, home linens

The non-profit Toxic-Free Future found that almost three-quarters of 47 pieces of outdoor apparel, bedding, and kitchen linens that were marketed as stain- or water-resistant contain one or more per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. And many of these items contained specific PFAS banned in the European Union and no longer made in the U.S. due to their health effects. More:

PFAS Toxicity PFAS in Clothing
25/01/2022 -

So-called forever chemicals exceeded maximum levels in 74 separate water systems that provide drinking water to more than half a million people across New Jersey, according to an Inquirer analysis of new data released by the state. More:


First-ever New Jersey data say PFAS in drinking water exceeded safe levels at water systems serving more than half a million people

So-called forever chemicals exceeded maximum levels in 74 separate water systems that provide drinking water to more than half a million people across New Jersey, according to an Inquirer analysis of new data released by the state. More:

25/01/2022 -

Toxic, long-lived chemicals have been found in freshwater otters in the UK. The findings point to “widespread pollution” of the country’s waterways with PFASs — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). More:


Otters in the UK are heavily exposed to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Toxic, long-lived chemicals have been found in freshwater otters in the UK. The findings point to “widespread pollution” of the country’s waterways with PFASs — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). More:

25/01/2022 -

Risk of COPD increased among adults ages 40-74 ever exposed to pesticides on the job (prevalence ratio [PR] 1.13, 95% CI 1.01-1.28), reported Sara De Matteis, MD, PhD, MPH, of Imperial College London, and colleagues. More:


On-the-Job Pesticide Exposure Increases Risk of COPD

Risk of COPD increased among adults ages 40-74 ever exposed to pesticides on the job (prevalence ratio [PR] 1.13, 95% CI 1.01-1.28), reported Sara De Matteis, MD, PhD, MPH, of Imperial College London, and colleagues. More:

23/01/2022 -

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s largest drinking water supplier discovered a toxic chemical in the river where it gets water for hundreds of thousands of customers, setting off a major search for polluters that led back to a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant and a South Jersey company. More:


How a toxic chemical ended up in the drinking water supply for 13 million people

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s largest drinking water supplier discovered a toxic chemical in the river where it gets water for hundreds of thousands of customers, setting off a major search for polluters that led back to a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant and a South Jersey company. More:

23/01/2022 -

For Michelle Leahy, it started with headaches, inflamed rashes on her arms and legs, and blisters in her mouth.. Some students and staff at Sky Valley Education Center, an alternative public school in Monroe, also had strange symptoms: cognitive problems, skin cysts, girls as young as 6 suddenly hitting puberty. More:


Toxic PCBs Festered at This Public School for Eight Years as Students and Teachers Grew Sicker

For Michelle Leahy, it started with headaches, inflamed rashes on her arms and legs, and blisters in her mouth.. Some students and staff at Sky Valley Education Center, an alternative public school in Monroe, also had strange symptoms: cognitive problems, skin cysts, girls as young as 6 suddenly hitting puberty. More:

20/01/2022 -

A lack of information is an often overlooked but important cause of pollution exposure among low-income households or communities of color, according to University of Michigan researchers. More:


Lack of information related to pollution exposure key issue for low-income households

A lack of information is an often overlooked but important cause of pollution exposure among low-income households or communities of color, according to University of Michigan researchers. More:

20/01/2022 -

One in four pairs of popular leggings and yoga pants tested have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report. Partnering with EHN.org, the environmental wellness blog and community Mamavation tested the activewear and found levels of fluorine ranging from 10 parts per million (ppm) up to 284 ppm in eight pairs of leggings and pants, out of 32 tested. More:

PFAS Human Exposure

Investigation finds evidence of PFAS in workout and yoga pants

One in four pairs of popular leggings and yoga pants tested have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report. Partnering with EHN.org, the environmental wellness blog and community Mamavation tested the activewear and found levels of fluorine ranging from 10 parts per million (ppm) up to 284 ppm in eight pairs of leggings and pants, out of 32 tested. More:

PFAS Human Exposure
19/01/2022 -

Widespread use of some disinfectants can cause environmental harms. For instance, chlorine-containing ones, such as bleach, can form dangerous by-products when they react with other molecules. Some other potentially greener disinfectants rely on a compound called phenol or its chemical lookalikes, but they can be costly and energy-intensive to make. More:


A disinfectant made from sawdust mows down deadly microbes

Widespread use of some disinfectants can cause environmental harms. For instance, chlorine-containing ones, such as bleach, can form dangerous by-products when they react with other molecules. Some other potentially greener disinfectants rely on a compound called phenol or its chemical lookalikes, but they can be costly and energy-intensive to make. More:

19/01/2022 -

Many thousands of human-made chemicals and synthetic pollutants are circulating throughout our world, with new ones entering production all the time — so many, in fact, that scientists now say we’ve crossed a critical threshold that heightens the risk of destabilizing the entire Earth operating system and posing a clear threat to humanity. More:

Planetary Boundaries Novel Entities Chemicals Management

We’ve breached Earth’s threshold for chemical pollution, study says

Many thousands of human-made chemicals and synthetic pollutants are circulating throughout our world, with new ones entering production all the time — so many, in fact, that scientists now say we’ve crossed a critical threshold that heightens the risk of destabilizing the entire Earth operating system and posing a clear threat to humanity. More:

Planetary Boundaries Novel Entities Chemicals Management
16/01/2022 -

People will go to all sorts of lengths to move towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Changing where and how they buy their clothes, cutting down on meat and dairy, and replacing trips in the car with journeys by foot. I’ve done all of those – but I’ve taken it further. More:

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Toxic reaction: how to clear dangerous pollutants out of your home

People will go to all sorts of lengths to move towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Changing where and how they buy their clothes, cutting down on meat and dairy, and replacing trips in the car with journeys by foot. I’ve done all of those – but I’ve taken it further. More:

Persistent Organic Pollutants
05/01/2022 -

Anew state law in New York bans the sale of televisions and other electronic displays that contain any intentionally added organohalogen flame retardant in their plastic enclosures or stands. More:


New York bans televisions with organohalogen flame retardants

Anew state law in New York bans the sale of televisions and other electronic displays that contain any intentionally added organohalogen flame retardant in their plastic enclosures or stands. More:

05/01/2022 -

The anti-fogging sprays and cloths many people use to prevent condensation on their eyeglasses when wearing a mask or face shield may contain high levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), a new Duke University-led study finds. More:


High levels of PFAS found in anti-fogging sprays and cloths

The anti-fogging sprays and cloths many people use to prevent condensation on their eyeglasses when wearing a mask or face shield may contain high levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), a new Duke University-led study finds. More:

04/01/2022 -

Everyone’s home gets dusty, but is yours the same as house dust in China or the US? Researchers around the world have united to capture the world’s first trans-continental data on household dust. More:

Indoor pollution: Dust

House dust from 35 countries reveals our global toxic contaminant exposure and health risk

Everyone’s home gets dusty, but is yours the same as house dust in China or the US? Researchers around the world have united to capture the world’s first trans-continental data on household dust. More:

Indoor pollution: Dust
03/01/2022 -

More than 40 years ago, Congress banned harmful polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from schools. And it’s been 37 years since Congress directed schools to address asbestos. But today, millions of schools continue to be plagued by these and other toxic chemicals. More:

Exposure to Hazardous chemicals

Decades after Congress’ orders, toxics still contaminate millions of schools

More than 40 years ago, Congress banned harmful polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from schools. And it’s been 37 years since Congress directed schools to address asbestos. But today, millions of schools continue to be plagued by these and other toxic chemicals. More:

Exposure to Hazardous chemicals
30/12/2021 -

Hormones affect all of us, as they carry messages between different parts of the body. They make up the endocrine system, which impacts our reproductive health, metabolism, and a range of biological processes. A pervasive threat lurks in everything from cleaning products to cookware to fragrances: endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs are a class of chemicals that interfere with normal hormone function. More:

PFAS in Cosmetics Hazardous Chemicals Exposure Through Consumer Products Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) Cosmetics Regulation

How to purge risky chemicals from your beauty products

Hormones affect all of us, as they carry messages between different parts of the body. They make up the endocrine system, which impacts our reproductive health, metabolism, and a range of biological processes. A pervasive threat lurks in everything from cleaning products to cookware to fragrances: endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). EDCs are a class of chemicals that interfere with normal hormone function. More:

PFAS in Cosmetics Hazardous Chemicals Exposure Through Consumer Products Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) Cosmetics Regulation
28/12/2021 -

CoverGirl Cosmetics was sued in D.C. Superior Court based on false advertising and the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The complaint filed in D.C. Superior Court alleges that PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a toxic group of manufactured chemicals, were found in CoverGirl makeup products they sell to the public as “sustainable.” More:

PFAS in Cosmetics, Clothing and Bedding PFAS Health Effects Legal Actions on PFAS

CoverGirl Sued For PFAS Forever Chemicals & False Advertising

CoverGirl Cosmetics was sued in D.C. Superior Court based on false advertising and the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The complaint filed in D.C. Superior Court alleges that PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a toxic group of manufactured chemicals, were found in CoverGirl makeup products they sell to the public as “sustainable.” More:

PFAS in Cosmetics, Clothing and Bedding PFAS Health Effects Legal Actions on PFAS
27/12/2021 -

More than seven years ago, a village resident launched a personal crusade to learn why there seemed to be a high rate of unusual cancers afflicting people in this small community. Michael Hickey, an insurance underwriter who grew up in Hoosick Falls, started his research after Isabel M. McGuire, a 48-year-old math teacher at Hoosick Falls High School, died from complications associated with melanoma. More:


A man's crusade culminated with massive PFOA settlements

More than seven years ago, a village resident launched a personal crusade to learn why there seemed to be a high rate of unusual cancers afflicting people in this small community. Michael Hickey, an insurance underwriter who grew up in Hoosick Falls, started his research after Isabel M. McGuire, a 48-year-old math teacher at Hoosick Falls High School, died from complications associated with melanoma. More:

20/12/2021 -

For decades, the company once known as Monsanto has dominated U.S. agriculture. Famous for its Roundup Ready system—which consists of the herbicide Roundup, made with glyphosate, and seeds genetically modified to resist it—the company became the largest seller of seeds in the world by the 1990s. Fast forward nearly 30 years, and Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that bought Monsanto in 2018, now faces a number of high-profile lawsuits related to glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential as well as the failures of the Roundup system. More:


‘Seed Money’ Explores Monsanto’s Troubling Past and its Impact on the Future of Food

For decades, the company once known as Monsanto has dominated U.S. agriculture. Famous for its Roundup Ready system—which consists of the herbicide Roundup, made with glyphosate, and seeds genetically modified to resist it—the company became the largest seller of seeds in the world by the 1990s. Fast forward nearly 30 years, and Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that bought Monsanto in 2018, now faces a number of high-profile lawsuits related to glyphosate’s cancer-causing potential as well as the failures of the Roundup system. More:

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