POPs in the news

15/02/2022 -

If you happened to be strolling by the Adidas outlet store near the company’s German headquarters on a sunny May day in 2014, you would have seen a soccer match of sorts on the concrete outside. But there was something odd about this game. More:

PFAS in the Textile Industry and Clothing PFAS Exposure Pathways PFAS Occupational Exposure PFAS and Short-chain PFAS Toxicity

IN DEPTH: First-of-its kind testing points to dangers and unknowns of PFAS in clothing

If you happened to be strolling by the Adidas outlet store near the company’s German headquarters on a sunny May day in 2014, you would have seen a soccer match of sorts on the concrete outside. But there was something odd about this game. More:

PFAS in the Textile Industry and Clothing PFAS Exposure Pathways PFAS Occupational Exposure PFAS and Short-chain PFAS Toxicity
14/02/2022 -

The north Atlantic archipelago, which lies between Iceland and the northern tip of Scotland, is far from sources of industrial or chemical pollution. And the chemicals that the 2005 Stockholm University study measured, which included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), had already been phased out in many countries. More:

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Environmental Transport of POPs Human Exposure and Body Burden Human Health Effects

How ‘forever chemicals’ are using marine life to travel the world by sea

The north Atlantic archipelago, which lies between Iceland and the northern tip of Scotland, is far from sources of industrial or chemical pollution. And the chemicals that the 2005 Stockholm University study measured, which included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), had already been phased out in many countries. More:

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Environmental Transport of POPs Human Exposure and Body Burden Human Health Effects
12/02/2022 -

Residents of a New Hampshire town where drinking water was contaminated with the industrial compounds known as PFAS have elevated rates of several cancers compared to the national average and compared to several nearby communities that were not contaminated with the chemicals, according to a study published today in the journal Environmental Health Insights. More:

PFAS in Consumer Products PFAS Health Effects

New Hampshire Town Polluted With PFAS Has Elevated Cancer Rates

Residents of a New Hampshire town where drinking water was contaminated with the industrial compounds known as PFAS have elevated rates of several cancers compared to the national average and compared to several nearby communities that were not contaminated with the chemicals, according to a study published today in the journal Environmental Health Insights. More:

PFAS in Consumer Products PFAS Health Effects
11/02/2022 -

Cattle from a small south-east Michigan farm that sold beef to schools and at farmers’ markets in the state have been found to contain dangerous levels of PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals” that can pose a serious risk to human health. More:

PFAS: Soil Contamination Through Biosolids PFAS: Exposure Through Food

Michigan beef found to contain dangerous levels of ‘forever chemicals’

Cattle from a small south-east Michigan farm that sold beef to schools and at farmers’ markets in the state have been found to contain dangerous levels of PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals” that can pose a serious risk to human health. More:

PFAS: Soil Contamination Through Biosolids PFAS: Exposure Through Food
10/02/2022 -

As regulators and growing public awareness have put the screws on some of the more well-known PFAS chemicals, other variants are marketed as safe and are rarely scrutinised. One such chemical is PTFE – an unregulated chemical in the PFAS family – which is used in a plethora of consumer products, giving materials that desired non-stick function. More:


The Teflon chemical PTFE is often touted as a safe cousin of toxic PFAS. But is it really?

As regulators and growing public awareness have put the screws on some of the more well-known PFAS chemicals, other variants are marketed as safe and are rarely scrutinised. One such chemical is PTFE – an unregulated chemical in the PFAS family – which is used in a plethora of consumer products, giving materials that desired non-stick function. More:

07/02/2022 -

A school district in Washington state has offered an extraordinary $34 million settlement to students and parents exposed to toxic chemicals that lingered for at least eight years on a public school campus. More:


School District Where Toxic Chemicals Lingered for Years Offers $34 Million Settlement to Families

A school district in Washington state has offered an extraordinary $34 million settlement to students and parents exposed to toxic chemicals that lingered for at least eight years on a public school campus. More:

02/02/2022 -

The researchers found that people might be exposed to inhalable fiberglass fragments from their mattress covers but are unaware about this hidden hazard in their bedroom. If inhaled, fiberglass can irritate or damage the lungs, and cause other harms. More:

Flame Retardants Chemicals Exposure at Home

Fiberglass: A new hidden hazard in mattresses

The researchers found that people might be exposed to inhalable fiberglass fragments from their mattress covers but are unaware about this hidden hazard in their bedroom. If inhaled, fiberglass can irritate or damage the lungs, and cause other harms. More:

Flame Retardants Chemicals Exposure at Home
02/02/2022 -

Fifteen out of 23 popular sports bras have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report. Sports bras made from synthetic materials, rather than cotton, were more likely to have detectable levels of fluorine. More:

PFAS in Sportswear

Evidence of PFAS chemicals in sports bras

Fifteen out of 23 popular sports bras have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of toxic PFAS, according to a new report. Sports bras made from synthetic materials, rather than cotton, were more likely to have detectable levels of fluorine. More:

PFAS in Sportswear
02/02/2022 -

At 30 of those DOD sites, the chemical, PFHxS, was found at even greater levels in groundwater than at Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, the base linked to high PFHxS levels in the blood of Berkeley County, W.Va., residents. The higher levels of PFHxS were detected in monitoring wells located on DOD installations. It is unknown whether residents of communities near these 30 sites have been exposed to PFHxS in their drinking water. More:

PFAS: Toxicology PFAS:  Human Exposure

Almost 250 DOD sites have detectable levels of ‘forever chemical’ PFHxS

At 30 of those DOD sites, the chemical, PFHxS, was found at even greater levels in groundwater than at Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, the base linked to high PFHxS levels in the blood of Berkeley County, W.Va., residents. The higher levels of PFHxS were detected in monitoring wells located on DOD installations. It is unknown whether residents of communities near these 30 sites have been exposed to PFHxS in their drinking water. More:

PFAS: Toxicology PFAS:  Human Exposure
31/01/2022 -

The finding from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was just the estimated cost of remediating places polluted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are typically referred to as PFAS. It does not include other costs to the state, which could include reimbursing property owners or farmers whose livelihoods are affected by the chemicals. More:


Maine may have to spend tens of millions per year to fight ‘forever chemicals’

The finding from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was just the estimated cost of remediating places polluted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are typically referred to as PFAS. It does not include other costs to the state, which could include reimbursing property owners or farmers whose livelihoods are affected by the chemicals. More:

31/01/2022 -

Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, or PFASs, are considered indestructible chemicals. They are virtually nondegradable and accumulate in humans and the environment. Suspected health effects include asthma, cancer and changes in the reproductive organs. How to get rid of PFASs has been completely unclear until now—and the first approaches to destroying the resistant molecules are showing promising results. More:

PFAS: Accumulation and Detection PFAS: Destruction Technologies

How to Destroy ‘Forever Chemicals’

Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, or PFASs, are considered indestructible chemicals. They are virtually nondegradable and accumulate in humans and the environment. Suspected health effects include asthma, cancer and changes in the reproductive organs. How to get rid of PFASs has been completely unclear until now—and the first approaches to destroying the resistant molecules are showing promising results. More:

PFAS: Accumulation and Detection PFAS: Destruction Technologies
30/01/2022 -

While there is growing awareness of the steep health impacts of global environmental changes—including the climate crisis, accelerating biodiversity loss, and an increasing saturation of plastic and chemical wastes—bringing the health and environment sectors together for joint action is easier said than done. More:


The Health-Environment Nexus

While there is growing awareness of the steep health impacts of global environmental changes—including the climate crisis, accelerating biodiversity loss, and an increasing saturation of plastic and chemical wastes—bringing the health and environment sectors together for joint action is easier said than done. More:

28/01/2022 -

A study claims that the production of chemicals and plastics has already outpaced our ability to assess and monitor them, and in doing so threatens critical systems that we depend on. The researchers behind the new study conclude that chemical pollution has crossed a planetary boundary. More:

Planetary boundaries - Novel Entities Regrettable substitutions

Earth’s limits pushed by chemical pollution as UN environment meeting nears

A study claims that the production of chemicals and plastics has already outpaced our ability to assess and monitor them, and in doing so threatens critical systems that we depend on. The researchers behind the new study conclude that chemical pollution has crossed a planetary boundary. More:

Planetary boundaries - Novel Entities Regrettable substitutions
26/01/2022 -

The widespread presence of these chemicals in dozens of products highlights concerns about the large number of PFAS exposures humans face via skin contact, indoor air and house dust. It’s already been proven that people are exposed through contaminated drinking water, food and breast milk. Textiles are now another category of concern. More:

PFAS in Consumer Products PFAS Industrial Discharges The PFAS Waste Cycle PFAS Regulation Avoiding Exposure

New tests find toxic 'forever chemicals' in bedding, yoga pants and other textiles

The widespread presence of these chemicals in dozens of products highlights concerns about the large number of PFAS exposures humans face via skin contact, indoor air and house dust. It’s already been proven that people are exposed through contaminated drinking water, food and breast milk. Textiles are now another category of concern. More:

PFAS in Consumer Products PFAS Industrial Discharges The PFAS Waste Cycle PFAS Regulation Avoiding Exposure
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:

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