POPs in the news

12/10/2021 -

A study finds almost 42,000 potential sources of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that could be polluting surface water or drinking water in communities across the U.S. PFAS pollution affects all communities, from the affluent to those near the fence lines of industrial facilities. More:

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EWG study: Almost 42,000 sources of toxic 'forever chemicals' could be polluting surface or drinking water across the U.S.

A study finds almost 42,000 potential sources of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that could be polluting surface water or drinking water in communities across the U.S. PFAS pollution affects all communities, from the affluent to those near the fence lines of industrial facilities. More:

PFAS Human Exposure and Health Effects PFAS Industrial discharges PFAS Water contamination PFAS Response
11/10/2021 -

Canton Vaud councillor Béatrice Métraux said 126 sites were studied for dioxin contamination in the western Swiss city. The problem is worse than had been expected: a total of 26 sites were found to have concentrations over the cantonal limit (100 nanograms per kilo). Residents have been advised to avoid local free-range eggs and certain vegetables. More:


High levels of dioxin found in Lausanne soils

Canton Vaud councillor Béatrice Métraux said 126 sites were studied for dioxin contamination in the western Swiss city. The problem is worse than had been expected: a total of 26 sites were found to have concentrations over the cantonal limit (100 nanograms per kilo). Residents have been advised to avoid local free-range eggs and certain vegetables. More:

08/10/2021 -

The United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledged that access to a "safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment" is a basic human right. The new resolution -- proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland -- passed with significant support of 43 votes. More:


UN says access to a 'clean, healthy' environment is a human right

The United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledged that access to a "safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment" is a basic human right. The new resolution -- proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland -- passed with significant support of 43 votes. More:

08/10/2021 -

Every year, approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The malady extinguishes firing nerve cells, severing the highways between our brain and muscles. People progressively lose their ability to walk, talk, eat—and eventually their last breath—within two to five years. No one knows the causes, no one knows the cure. But a study sheds light on a potential contributor to the disease: pesticide exposure. More:

Pesticides: Exposure and Human Health Effects

Higher estimated pesticide exposures linked to ALS risk

Every year, approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The malady extinguishes firing nerve cells, severing the highways between our brain and muscles. People progressively lose their ability to walk, talk, eat—and eventually their last breath—within two to five years. No one knows the causes, no one knows the cure. But a study sheds light on a potential contributor to the disease: pesticide exposure. More:

Pesticides: Exposure and Human Health Effects
07/10/2021 -

The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin. More:

PFAS Legal matters

‘Something has to be done’: Living along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, one of Wisconsin’s most polluted waterways

The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin. More:

PFAS Legal matters
05/10/2021 -

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that bans the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and paper straws, effective January 1, 2023. The law known as AB 1200 also requires manufacturers to label cookware that contains toxic chemicals on product handles or coatings, starting January 1, 2024. More:


California bans toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging and paper straws

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that bans the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and paper straws, effective January 1, 2023. The law known as AB 1200 also requires manufacturers to label cookware that contains toxic chemicals on product handles or coatings, starting January 1, 2024. More:

30/09/2021 -

PFAS, the chemical substances present in products like anti-stick pans and raincoats, are so hazardous for the environment and human health that there is talk about banning them. But the chemical company Chemours (previously Dupont) in Dordrecht continues to fight a previous European decision to qualify GenX – PFAS type substances – as a substance of high concern. More:

Action on GenX PFAS in packaging PFAS in cosmetics

Chemours to the European Court for hazardous GenX

PFAS, the chemical substances present in products like anti-stick pans and raincoats, are so hazardous for the environment and human health that there is talk about banning them. But the chemical company Chemours (previously Dupont) in Dordrecht continues to fight a previous European decision to qualify GenX – PFAS type substances – as a substance of high concern. More:

Action on GenX PFAS in packaging PFAS in cosmetics
29/09/2021 -

Traces of 122 different pesticides have been found in 12 most polluted fruit and veg products, many with links to cancer. Almost all grapes and oranges contain a “cocktail of pesticides” according to research, which has singled out the most polluted fruit and vegetables in our shopping trolleys. More:


Cocktail of pesticides in almost all oranges and grapes, UK study finds

Traces of 122 different pesticides have been found in 12 most polluted fruit and veg products, many with links to cancer. Almost all grapes and oranges contain a “cocktail of pesticides” according to research, which has singled out the most polluted fruit and vegetables in our shopping trolleys. More:

25/09/2021 -

It’s been more than 30 years since the public first learned that the former Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. buried industrial fluids containing the carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in pits along the natural gas line, including in Shermans Dale. More:


Cancer-causing wastes still exist along the Texas Eastern pipeline 30 years after settlement

It’s been more than 30 years since the public first learned that the former Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. buried industrial fluids containing the carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in pits along the natural gas line, including in Shermans Dale. More:

24/09/2021 -

As the movement grows, we thought it would be interesting to ask the companies about the biggest challenges connected to moving away from PFAS. Their answers weren’t really that surprising to us. Still, it’s useful to be able to confirm our assumptions – and obviously nice to pat ourselves on the back for being right all along. More:


50 companies have joined the PFAS Movement – we asked them about their biggest PFAS challenges

As the movement grows, we thought it would be interesting to ask the companies about the biggest challenges connected to moving away from PFAS. Their answers weren’t really that surprising to us. Still, it’s useful to be able to confirm our assumptions – and obviously nice to pat ourselves on the back for being right all along. More:

23/09/2021 -

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings filed a lawsuit Wednesday against agrochemical giant Monsanto and two of its corporate spinoffs for long-lasting damage to Delaware’s natural resources. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages and clean-up costs associated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), extremely toxic and persistent chemicals which Monsanto manufactured for decades, despite knowing the dangers they posed to the environment and public health. More:

Public Health Implications of Exposure to PCBs

AG Jennings sues Monsanto for PCB contamination

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings filed a lawsuit Wednesday against agrochemical giant Monsanto and two of its corporate spinoffs for long-lasting damage to Delaware’s natural resources. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages and clean-up costs associated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), extremely toxic and persistent chemicals which Monsanto manufactured for decades, despite knowing the dangers they posed to the environment and public health. More:

Public Health Implications of Exposure to PCBs
23/09/2021 -

Hinkley, California, USA, 1952-1966: A Pacific Gas and Electric powerplant releases 1.4 billion liters (370 million gallons) of wastewater laced with carcinogenic chromium-6 into unlined ponds, polluting groundwater for the town’s 2,000 residents. The “novel entities” planetary boundary encapsulates all toxic and long-lived substances that humans release into the environment — from heavy metals and radioactive waste, to industrial chemicals and pesticides, even novel living organisms — which can threaten the stability of the Earth system. .More:

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Novel chemical entities: Are we sleepwalking through a planetary boundary?

Hinkley, California, USA, 1952-1966: A Pacific Gas and Electric powerplant releases 1.4 billion liters (370 million gallons) of wastewater laced with carcinogenic chromium-6 into unlined ponds, polluting groundwater for the town’s 2,000 residents. The “novel entities” planetary boundary encapsulates all toxic and long-lived substances that humans release into the environment — from heavy metals and radioactive waste, to industrial chemicals and pesticides, even novel living organisms — which can threaten the stability of the Earth system. .More:

POPs chemicals Chemicals Pollution Chemicals Impact Chemicals Regulation
23/09/2021 -

The PFAS scandal surrounding the 3M factory in Antwerp has continued to unfold, teetering ever closer to the realms of absurdity. While Belgians are no strangers to surrealism, the scandal is as serious as it is ridiculous. As the plot progresses, its dramatic turns could make a worthy sequel to Mark Ruffalo’s Dark WatersDonkere Waters anyone? More:

Environmental Liability

Surreally serious: PFAS paralysis follows astonishing scandal

The PFAS scandal surrounding the 3M factory in Antwerp has continued to unfold, teetering ever closer to the realms of absurdity. While Belgians are no strangers to surrealism, the scandal is as serious as it is ridiculous. As the plot progresses, its dramatic turns could make a worthy sequel to Mark Ruffalo’s Dark WatersDonkere Waters anyone? More:

Environmental Liability
18/09/2021 -

The EPA gauges the potential risk posed by a chemical using two measures: how toxic the agency considers it and how much of the substance the public will likely be exposed to. More:


New Evidence of Corruption at EPA Chemicals Division

The EPA gauges the potential risk posed by a chemical using two measures: how toxic the agency considers it and how much of the substance the public will likely be exposed to. More:

17/09/2021 -

The Aarhus Convention is an international agreement that gives people the right to access information about the environment. It also promotes public participation in decision-making and in the preparation of environment-related policies. It provides access to justice on environmental matters, for individuals and NGOs. More:


The Aarhus Convention series: Part One

The Aarhus Convention is an international agreement that gives people the right to access information about the environment. It also promotes public participation in decision-making and in the preparation of environment-related policies. It provides access to justice on environmental matters, for individuals and NGOs. More:

16/09/2021 -

As evidence mounts that hamburger wrappers and other kinds of grease-proof packaging contaminate food with PFAS, states have started banning the toxic chemicals from food packaging. More:

PFAS in Food packaging PFAS-free food packaging

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

As evidence mounts that hamburger wrappers and other kinds of grease-proof packaging contaminate food with PFAS, states have started banning the toxic chemicals from food packaging. More:

PFAS in Food packaging PFAS-free food packaging
15/09/2021 -

The water had combined concentrations of PFOS and PFOA more than 13 times higher than Japan’s safety target, Ginowan city wrote in results published on its website. Ginowan city said it sampled water just outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s fence line on Aug. 26, approximately two hours after the Marines began dumping treated wastewater into the public system. More:


Okinawa governor wants on-site scrutiny after water samples show toxic discharge from Marine base

The water had combined concentrations of PFOS and PFOA more than 13 times higher than Japan’s safety target, Ginowan city wrote in results published on its website. Ginowan city said it sampled water just outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s fence line on Aug. 26, approximately two hours after the Marines began dumping treated wastewater into the public system. More:

14/09/2021 -

Used in everything from cosmetics to food packaging, PFAS also show up in paint (as a binding agent and to give a smooth finish), wood lacquers (for repelling oil and water, and stain resistance) and sealants. They are used in the top layer of solar panels, artificial grass and firefighting foams. More:

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‘Forever chemicals’: the hidden threat from the toxic PFAS on your shelf

Used in everything from cosmetics to food packaging, PFAS also show up in paint (as a binding agent and to give a smooth finish), wood lacquers (for repelling oil and water, and stain resistance) and sealants. They are used in the top layer of solar panels, artificial grass and firefighting foams. More:

PFAS in human milk PFAS in articles and products PFAS Environmental Transport
14/09/2021 -

Despite decades of research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), fundamental obstacles remain to addressing worldwide contamination by these chemicals and their associated impacts on environmental quality and health. Here, we propose six urgent questions relevant to science, technology, and policy that must be tackled to address the “PFAS problem”. More:


Addressing Urgent Questions for PFAS in the 21st Century

Despite decades of research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), fundamental obstacles remain to addressing worldwide contamination by these chemicals and their associated impacts on environmental quality and health. Here, we propose six urgent questions relevant to science, technology, and policy that must be tackled to address the “PFAS problem”. More:

09/09/2021 -

Firefighters are among those most highly exposed to harms from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS through their protective gear and firefighting foam, but many local fire departments lack the resources to switch to PFAS-free alternatives. More:

Firefighters Exposure to PFAS Alternatives to PFAS Community right to know

Local fire departments need Congress’ help for switch to PFAS-free foam and gear

Firefighters are among those most highly exposed to harms from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS through their protective gear and firefighting foam, but many local fire departments lack the resources to switch to PFAS-free alternatives. More:

Firefighters Exposure to PFAS Alternatives to PFAS Community right to know
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