POPs in the news

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:

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
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