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17/12/2021 -

“They’re on Mount Everest; they’re in the Mariana Trench; they’re in polar bears; they’re in penguins; and they’re in just about every human population on Earth,” says David Bond, a cultural anthropologist and professor at Bennington College, who’s been investigating the “forever chemicals.” More:

Understanding the PFAS problem PFAS Incineration

Injustice Forever? Toxic PFAS Chemicals Have ‘Made a Mockery of Our Environmental Regulations’

“They’re on Mount Everest; they’re in the Mariana Trench; they’re in polar bears; they’re in penguins; and they’re in just about every human population on Earth,” says David Bond, a cultural anthropologist and professor at Bennington College, who’s been investigating the “forever chemicals.” More:

Understanding the PFAS problem PFAS Incineration
16/12/2021 -

WASHINGTON – More than half of the water wells that were tested in Delaware have detectable levels of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, and some have PFAS levels far exceeding federal health guidelines for the chemicals, according to new U.S. Geological Survey sampling More:

PFAS Contamination in the US Response, Compensation, and Liability

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate more than half of wells tested in Delaware

WASHINGTON – More than half of the water wells that were tested in Delaware have detectable levels of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, and some have PFAS levels far exceeding federal health guidelines for the chemicals, according to new U.S. Geological Survey sampling More:

PFAS Contamination in the US Response, Compensation, and Liability
15/12/2021 -

More than a thousand people talked to ProPublica about living in hot spots for cancer-causing air pollution. Most never got a warning from the EPA. They are rallying neighbors, packing civic meetings and signing petitions for reform. More:

Toxic Hot Spots: Investigating and Reporting Toxic Hot Spots: Evaluating the Risks

When Home Is a Toxic Hot Spot

More than a thousand people talked to ProPublica about living in hot spots for cancer-causing air pollution. Most never got a warning from the EPA. They are rallying neighbors, packing civic meetings and signing petitions for reform. More:

Toxic Hot Spots: Investigating and Reporting Toxic Hot Spots: Evaluating the Risks
14/12/2021 -

The findings come as countries — including Canada — and companies aim to boost recycling rates in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. But now researchers with the International Pollutant Elimination Network (IPEN) warn those measures could inadvertently expose people to toxins. More:


The insidious side effects of recycling plastic

The findings come as countries — including Canada — and companies aim to boost recycling rates in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. But now researchers with the International Pollutant Elimination Network (IPEN) warn those measures could inadvertently expose people to toxins. More:

14/12/2021 -

The eggs that were tested, according to Dr. Andrew Smith, state toxicologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, were from two Fairfield homesteads and households that had already tested positive for high levels of the toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS — in their water. More:


Maine’s ‘forever chemicals’ problem has now spread to chicken eggs

The eggs that were tested, according to Dr. Andrew Smith, state toxicologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, were from two Fairfield homesteads and households that had already tested positive for high levels of the toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS — in their water. More:

08/12/2021 -

PFAS are used to manufacture turf fields, specifically by preventing plastic blades of grass from sticking to equipment when they are shaped. Research has shown PVDF has the potential to break down in the presence of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays — which could be a concern for turf fields exposed to the elements. More:


EPA-linked consultant undercuts agency’s PFAS concerns

PFAS are used to manufacture turf fields, specifically by preventing plastic blades of grass from sticking to equipment when they are shaped. Research has shown PVDF has the potential to break down in the presence of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays — which could be a concern for turf fields exposed to the elements. More:

06/12/2021 -

Years of PFAS pollution from DOD bases have contaminated drinking water supplies for communities across the U.S., while the use of firefighting foam laced with the chemicals at bases created major health risks for service members. The Defense Department Inspector General's report found the Defense Department failed to protect service members and their families from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. More:

PFAS Toxicity and Health Effects Military: Emerging Chemicals of Concern Military: PFAS Contaminated Sites Military: PFAS Control and Cleanup

PFAS: What the Defense Department’s inspector general found, ignored and obscured

Years of PFAS pollution from DOD bases have contaminated drinking water supplies for communities across the U.S., while the use of firefighting foam laced with the chemicals at bases created major health risks for service members. The Defense Department Inspector General's report found the Defense Department failed to protect service members and their families from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. More:

PFAS Toxicity and Health Effects Military: Emerging Chemicals of Concern Military: PFAS Contaminated Sites Military: PFAS Control and Cleanup
03/12/2021 -

Green cosmetic makers know their audience. One manufacturer, in addition to the standard lines about how long-lasting and colorful their product is, says that their lip tint is “cruelty-free,” vegan, and made from wholesome ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Missing from the product description is any reference to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or “PFAS.” More:

PFAS in Cosmetics PFAS in Food PFAS Health Effects

Green beauty product testing finds more than 60% have PFAS indicators

Green cosmetic makers know their audience. One manufacturer, in addition to the standard lines about how long-lasting and colorful their product is, says that their lip tint is “cruelty-free,” vegan, and made from wholesome ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Missing from the product description is any reference to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or “PFAS.” More:

PFAS in Cosmetics PFAS in Food PFAS Health Effects
30/11/2021 -

Consumers says toxic chemicals in food is one of their top concerns, especially those in food marketed to children. But the FDA, which is charged with protecting the food supply from toxins, has largely let food and chemical companies decide whether chemicals and contaminants linked to everything from cancer to lower IQ should be in our food. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS in Food Containers

Opinion: Tackling toxics in food must be priority for new FDA commissioner

Consumers says toxic chemicals in food is one of their top concerns, especially those in food marketed to children. But the FDA, which is charged with protecting the food supply from toxins, has largely let food and chemical companies decide whether chemicals and contaminants linked to everything from cancer to lower IQ should be in our food. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS in Food Containers
30/11/2021 -

There is a need for strengthened enforcement and vigilance on borders to ensure the banned pesticides are not smuggled into the country, experts have said. The call is in line with implementing Rotterdam convention, a multilateral treaty, adopted in 1998 and became effective in 2004, to promote shared responsibilities in relation to importation of hazardous chemicals. More:


Is Rwanda safe from banned pesticides?

There is a need for strengthened enforcement and vigilance on borders to ensure the banned pesticides are not smuggled into the country, experts have said. The call is in line with implementing Rotterdam convention, a multilateral treaty, adopted in 1998 and became effective in 2004, to promote shared responsibilities in relation to importation of hazardous chemicals. More:

30/11/2021 -

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent revelation that the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS are much more toxic than previously believed makes clear it’s beyond time to ban their use in cosmetics and other personal care products. More:

PFAS in Cosmetics PFAS - Health Effects Cosmetics Regulation

New EPA data show banning ‘forever chemicals’ in cosmetics is overdue

The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent revelation that the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS are much more toxic than previously believed makes clear it’s beyond time to ban their use in cosmetics and other personal care products. More:

PFAS in Cosmetics PFAS - Health Effects Cosmetics Regulation
24/11/2021 -

Maryland sued Bayer AG seeking money to clean up environmental contamination in the state's waterways the state says is due to toxic chemicals the company's Monsanto Co unit made decades ago. the state said Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in 2018, knew as early as the 1930s that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were toxic and lingered in the environment but continued to produce and sell them. More:


Maryland joins others in suing Bayer over PCB contamination

Maryland sued Bayer AG seeking money to clean up environmental contamination in the state's waterways the state says is due to toxic chemicals the company's Monsanto Co unit made decades ago. the state said Monsanto, which Bayer acquired in 2018, knew as early as the 1930s that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were toxic and lingered in the environment but continued to produce and sell them. More:

23/11/2021 -

A new report indicates that toxic contaminants could be working their way up the food chain in several New Hampshire lakes. The Loon Preservation Committee found significant levels of a range of hard-to-detect toxic chemicals in failed loon eggs, including at Squam Lake, Lake Sunapee, Pleasant Lake and Grafton Pond, according to its report. More:


Report finds contaminants in loon eggs

A new report indicates that toxic contaminants could be working their way up the food chain in several New Hampshire lakes. The Loon Preservation Committee found significant levels of a range of hard-to-detect toxic chemicals in failed loon eggs, including at Squam Lake, Lake Sunapee, Pleasant Lake and Grafton Pond, according to its report. More:

23/11/2021 -

Last October, the White House outlined new and ongoing federal efforts to combat nationwide per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution, especially agency actions to address the legacy of PFAS pollution in our water, air, food, and communities. We offer the Biden-Harris Administration seven recommendations to deal with PFAS in commerce using a whole-of-government approach, and finally start to turn off the PFAS tap. More:

PFAS: Environmental Justice PFAS: Chemicals Management

Analysis: 7 things the White House should do to limit PFAS pollution

Last October, the White House outlined new and ongoing federal efforts to combat nationwide per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution, especially agency actions to address the legacy of PFAS pollution in our water, air, food, and communities. We offer the Biden-Harris Administration seven recommendations to deal with PFAS in commerce using a whole-of-government approach, and finally start to turn off the PFAS tap. More:

PFAS: Environmental Justice PFAS: Chemicals Management
22/11/2021 -

It’s one of the biggest industries in the world, consumes more than 10% of fossil fuels produced globally and emits an estimated 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions a year, more than India’s annual emissions – yet the chemicals sector has largely slipped under the radar when it comes to climate. More:


How the chemicals industry’s pollution slipped under the radar

It’s one of the biggest industries in the world, consumes more than 10% of fossil fuels produced globally and emits an estimated 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions a year, more than India’s annual emissions – yet the chemicals sector has largely slipped under the radar when it comes to climate. More:

17/11/2021 -

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of chemicals and can be found in all sorts of products, in the environment and in our bodies. PFAS  are man-made substances created by replacing hydrogen atoms (the natural bonding partner for carbon) with fluorine atoms.  This gives PFAS water and oil repellent properties. Once released into the environment, these PFAS cannot be broken down into carbon dioxide or methane by bacteria, enzymes, or sunlight, earning them the name of  ‘forever chemicals’. More:

What are PFAS PFAS pollution and accountability

Industry and Health - What are PFAS?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of chemicals and can be found in all sorts of products, in the environment and in our bodies. PFAS  are man-made substances created by replacing hydrogen atoms (the natural bonding partner for carbon) with fluorine atoms.  This gives PFAS water and oil repellent properties. Once released into the environment, these PFAS cannot be broken down into carbon dioxide or methane by bacteria, enzymes, or sunlight, earning them the name of  ‘forever chemicals’. More:

What are PFAS PFAS pollution and accountability
16/11/2021 -

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency announced that safe levels of exposure to PFAS – the levels at which harms might not occur – should be thousands of times lower than limits it first proposed in 2016. More:

PFAS Toxicity PFAS: The New Generation PFAS Exposure and Health Effects PFAS Regulation

EPA finds PFAS are more toxic than previously thought

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency announced that safe levels of exposure to PFAS – the levels at which harms might not occur – should be thousands of times lower than limits it first proposed in 2016. More:

PFAS Toxicity PFAS: The New Generation PFAS Exposure and Health Effects PFAS Regulation
16/11/2021 -

Industrial facilities across the country could be unwittingly burning the Pentagon’s legacy firefighting foam, according to an analysis of Pentagon records. The firefighting foam is made with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. More:

PFAS Contamination PFAS Disposal Issues PFAS Toxicity PFAS Environmental Transport PFAS Alternatives Issues PFAS Removal and Destruction Technologies

The Pentagon’s toxic ‘forever chemicals’ waste could be burning near your home

Industrial facilities across the country could be unwittingly burning the Pentagon’s legacy firefighting foam, according to an analysis of Pentagon records. The firefighting foam is made with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. More:

PFAS Contamination PFAS Disposal Issues PFAS Toxicity PFAS Environmental Transport PFAS Alternatives Issues PFAS Removal and Destruction Technologies
16/11/2021 -

We are all surrounded by synthetic chemicals in our everyday lives - from pesticide residues in food to chemicals used in the manufacture of household products - but most of us are not aware that they also make their way into our bodies. Environmental journalist Anna Turns investigates her own 'chemical body burden' - the amount of persistent, synthetic pollutants that have accumulated inside her system. More:


Costing the Earth - My Toxic Cocktail

We are all surrounded by synthetic chemicals in our everyday lives - from pesticide residues in food to chemicals used in the manufacture of household products - but most of us are not aware that they also make their way into our bodies. Environmental journalist Anna Turns investigates her own 'chemical body burden' - the amount of persistent, synthetic pollutants that have accumulated inside her system. More:

15/11/2021 -

In June 2020, Kentucky’s Department for Environmental Protection sent an inspector to investigate a Teflon recycling company in western Kentucky. Four months later, state officials found forever chemicals in a creek that captures the facility’s runoff on its way to meet the Ohio River. More:

PFAS contamination and plastic recycling U.S. Superfund Sites Identified to have PFAS Contamination

PFAS pollution could last millennia. Ky. officials told the polluter, but not residents

In June 2020, Kentucky’s Department for Environmental Protection sent an inspector to investigate a Teflon recycling company in western Kentucky. Four months later, state officials found forever chemicals in a creek that captures the facility’s runoff on its way to meet the Ohio River. More:

PFAS contamination and plastic recycling U.S. Superfund Sites Identified to have PFAS Contamination
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