POPs in the news

15/11/2021 -

BENNINGTON — In October, the state completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to connect hundreds of homes to the Bennington municipal water system. The homes needed a new source of potable water after their private wells were found to be contaminated with the chemical PFOA. More:

PFOA soil and water contamination

Hundreds of Bennington-area residents connected to municipal water in $48.7 million response to PFOA contamination

BENNINGTON — In October, the state completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to connect hundreds of homes to the Bennington municipal water system. The homes needed a new source of potable water after their private wells were found to be contaminated with the chemical PFOA. More:

PFOA soil and water contamination
03/11/2021 -

The scientific panel of Europe's food safety regulator called for a new, harder look at chemical safety standards. The new study, published last month in the European Food Safety Authority Journal, calls on regulators worldwide to consider "non-monotonic dose responses," or NMDRs – the non-intuitive notion that the dose does not always make the poison. More:


New Science: European regulators push for better safety standards

The scientific panel of Europe's food safety regulator called for a new, harder look at chemical safety standards. The new study, published last month in the European Food Safety Authority Journal, calls on regulators worldwide to consider "non-monotonic dose responses," or NMDRs – the non-intuitive notion that the dose does not always make the poison. More:

02/11/2021 -

If you live close to certain industrial facilities, you may have a higher estimated cancer risk. This may sound alarming. Here are answers to common questions, some crowdsourced tips and how to share your experience to help our investigation. More:

Industrial toxic releases and air pollution US EPA resources about industrial facilities and their toxic releases Risk screening and assessment

Can Air Pollution Cause Cancer? What You Need to Know About the Risks

If you live close to certain industrial facilities, you may have a higher estimated cancer risk. This may sound alarming. Here are answers to common questions, some crowdsourced tips and how to share your experience to help our investigation. More:

Industrial toxic releases and air pollution US EPA resources about industrial facilities and their toxic releases Risk screening and assessment
29/10/2021 -

The European Commission adopted a proposal to protect human health and the environment from some of the most harmful chemicals in waste – Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The Commission is proposing to introduce stringent limits for the following substances, or groups of substances, in waste: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts and related compounds; dicofol; and pentachlorophenol, its salts and esters – found in treated wood and textiles. More:


European Green Deal: Commission adopts new limits for some of the most harmful chemicals in waste

The European Commission adopted a proposal to protect human health and the environment from some of the most harmful chemicals in waste – Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The Commission is proposing to introduce stringent limits for the following substances, or groups of substances, in waste: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts and related compounds; dicofol; and pentachlorophenol, its salts and esters – found in treated wood and textiles. More:

29/10/2021 -

The Department of Defense may have failed to notify some of these farmers, as required by federal law, that toxic plumes of PFAS flowing from bases around the U.S. could be contaminating irrigation water, according to our review of DOD records. Studies show that irrigating crops and watering livestock with PFAS-contaminated water may contaminate the plants and animals. More:

Mapping the PFAS Contamination Crisis in the U.S PFAS in Food

Forever chemicals from military bases may be lurking in agricultural water supplies

The Department of Defense may have failed to notify some of these farmers, as required by federal law, that toxic plumes of PFAS flowing from bases around the U.S. could be contaminating irrigation water, according to our review of DOD records. Studies show that irrigating crops and watering livestock with PFAS-contaminated water may contaminate the plants and animals. More:

Mapping the PFAS Contamination Crisis in the U.S PFAS in Food
29/10/2021 -

Last year, the global chemical giant Bayer agreed to pay $650 million to settle the claims of 2,500 cities, counties, and ports for cleanup of contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, a notorious group of chlorinated chemicals that have long been linked to cancer and reproductive and immune system harms. More:

POPs Bioaccumulation PFAS chemicals, its uses and environmental impact

Op-ed: The ghosts in our water

Last year, the global chemical giant Bayer agreed to pay $650 million to settle the claims of 2,500 cities, counties, and ports for cleanup of contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, a notorious group of chlorinated chemicals that have long been linked to cancer and reproductive and immune system harms. More:

POPs Bioaccumulation PFAS chemicals, its uses and environmental impact
27/10/2021 -

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is preparing a rule that would list some so-called "forever chemicals" as hazardous substances that must be eliminated from industrial waste before it is discarded. The chemicals are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and GenX. More:


EPA proposes regulating 'forever chemicals' under hazardous waste law

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it is preparing a rule that would list some so-called "forever chemicals" as hazardous substances that must be eliminated from industrial waste before it is discarded. The chemicals are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and GenX. More:

26/10/2021 -

Responding to a petition filed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, EPA announced it will take two steps to address the risks posed by disposal of PFAS, the toxic chemicals contaminating the water supplies of thousands of communities around the U.S. More:

PFAS Health Effects PFAS Waste Disposal Issues

EPA moves closer to proper disposal of ‘forever chemicals’ wastes

Responding to a petition filed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, EPA announced it will take two steps to address the risks posed by disposal of PFAS, the toxic chemicals contaminating the water supplies of thousands of communities around the U.S. More:

PFAS Health Effects PFAS Waste Disposal Issues
25/10/2021 -

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that GenX, one of many “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, is hazardous at much lower exposures than the two notorious PFAS known as PFOA and PFOS. More:

Toxicity Assessments for GenX Chemicals

‘Forever chemical’ GenX more toxic than previously acknowledged, says EPA

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that GenX, one of many “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, is hazardous at much lower exposures than the two notorious PFAS known as PFOA and PFOS. More:

Toxicity Assessments for GenX Chemicals
24/10/2021 -

Today, toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are everywhere we’ve thought to look for them. As engineered, these synthetic chemicals glide through air and water with ease, evade all natural processes of decay, and inflict debilitating injuries even at exceedingly low levels of exposure. More:

PFAS: Environmental Contamination PFAS: Emissions and Testing PFAS Management Towards PFAS Regulation PFAS: Responsibility and Accountability PFAS in the Courtroom

Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood

Today, toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are everywhere we’ve thought to look for them. As engineered, these synthetic chemicals glide through air and water with ease, evade all natural processes of decay, and inflict debilitating injuries even at exceedingly low levels of exposure. More:

PFAS: Environmental Contamination PFAS: Emissions and Testing PFAS Management Towards PFAS Regulation PFAS: Responsibility and Accountability PFAS in the Courtroom
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:

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