POPs in the news

18/06/2021 -

People who wear makeup such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that hang around for decades in the environment, according to a new study by researchers in the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. More:

PFAS Regulations in Canada

How to make sense of the new findings on 'forever chemicals' in makeup

People who wear makeup such as lipstick or mascara may be absorbing or licking up potentially harmful ingredients that hang around for decades in the environment, according to a new study by researchers in the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. More:

PFAS Regulations in Canada
16/06/2021 -

Researchers at Karolinska Institute found industrial chemicals in the organs of fetuses conceived decades after many countries had banned the substances. In a study published in the journal Chemosphere, the researchers urge decision makers to consider the combined impact of the mix of chemicals that accumulate in people and nature. More:


Several persistent chemicals found in fetal organs

Researchers at Karolinska Institute found industrial chemicals in the organs of fetuses conceived decades after many countries had banned the substances. In a study published in the journal Chemosphere, the researchers urge decision makers to consider the combined impact of the mix of chemicals that accumulate in people and nature. More:

15/06/2021 -

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. More:

Dermal Exposure to PFAS PFAS in cosmetics

Use of PFAS in cosmetics 'widespread,' new study finds

Many cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada likely contain high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a potentially toxic class of chemicals linked to a number of serious health conditions, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. More:

Dermal Exposure to PFAS PFAS in cosmetics
13/06/2021 -

Researchers have found that several long-lasting human-made contaminants have been building up in Arctic lakes, polar bears and ringed seals and other wildlife. These contaminants belong to a family of chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and are used in food packaging, waterproof clothing and firefighting foams. The true number of PFAS that exist is hard to pin down, but estimates suggest there are more than 4,700 types. More:

PFAS: Long-range environmental transport, bioaccumulation and biomagnification in wildlife, including in food sources PFAS in indigenous communities

Toxic, long-lasting contaminants detected in people living in northern Canada

Researchers have found that several long-lasting human-made contaminants have been building up in Arctic lakes, polar bears and ringed seals and other wildlife. These contaminants belong to a family of chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and are used in food packaging, waterproof clothing and firefighting foams. The true number of PFAS that exist is hard to pin down, but estimates suggest there are more than 4,700 types. More:

PFAS: Long-range environmental transport, bioaccumulation and biomagnification in wildlife, including in food sources PFAS in indigenous communities
11/06/2021 -

What do raincoats, pizza boxes, frozen vegetable packaging and nonstick frying pans have in common? They all contain perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS). Known as "forever chemicals" by experts, they could be damaging human health. More:

PFAS Water Contamination PFOA Exposure: Cancer Incidence PFAS exposure: Socioeconomic analysis of environmental and health impacts

Teflon and 'forever chemicals:' The hidden toxins in your body

What do raincoats, pizza boxes, frozen vegetable packaging and nonstick frying pans have in common? They all contain perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS). Known as "forever chemicals" by experts, they could be damaging human health. More:

PFAS Water Contamination PFOA Exposure: Cancer Incidence PFAS exposure: Socioeconomic analysis of environmental and health impacts
08/06/2021 -

Rain that fell on Ohio this spring contained a surprisingly high amount of toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to raw data from a binational Great Lakes monitoring program that tracks airborne pollution. The Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN), a long-term Great Lakes monitoring program was jointly funded by the US EPA and Canada. More:

Rainwater as a source of PFAS

It’s literally raining PFAS around the Great Lakes, say researchers

Rain that fell on Ohio this spring contained a surprisingly high amount of toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to raw data from a binational Great Lakes monitoring program that tracks airborne pollution. The Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN), a long-term Great Lakes monitoring program was jointly funded by the US EPA and Canada. More:

Rainwater as a source of PFAS
03/06/2021 -

For decades, the people living in the Swedish town of Kallinge got their tap water from a treatment plant that turned out to be contaminated with harmful PFAS chemicals. It has been a long journey with many legal and medical twists and turns for the close to 5,000 inhabitants of Kallinge since December of 2013. That’s when high levels of PFAS – more than 100 times the EU limit value – were discovered in the water treatment plant run by the municipally owned water company. More:


Why high levels of PFAS should be a personal injury by law

For decades, the people living in the Swedish town of Kallinge got their tap water from a treatment plant that turned out to be contaminated with harmful PFAS chemicals. It has been a long journey with many legal and medical twists and turns for the close to 5,000 inhabitants of Kallinge since December of 2013. That’s when high levels of PFAS – more than 100 times the EU limit value – were discovered in the water treatment plant run by the municipally owned water company. More:

28/05/2021 -

Sewage sludge that wastewater treatment districts across America package and sell as home fertilizer contain alarming levels of toxic PFAS. Sludge, which is lightly treated and marketed as “biosolids”, is used by consumers to fertilize home gardens, and the PFAS levels raise concerns that the chemicals are contaminating vegetables and harming those who eat them. More:

Biosolids as a vector of toxic chemicals PFAS Human exposure through sludge

‘Forever chemicals’ found in home fertilizer made from sewage sludge

Sewage sludge that wastewater treatment districts across America package and sell as home fertilizer contain alarming levels of toxic PFAS. Sludge, which is lightly treated and marketed as “biosolids”, is used by consumers to fertilize home gardens, and the PFAS levels raise concerns that the chemicals are contaminating vegetables and harming those who eat them. More:

Biosolids as a vector of toxic chemicals PFAS Human exposure through sludge
26/05/2021 -

We believe people already compromised from high exposures to toxic chemicals should not be exposed to additional toxics in their medical treatment. Many common medical products used today contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals, notably DEHP, a reproductive and developmental toxicant and carcinogen. More:

Toxic chemicals in Health Care Toxic chemicals and Environmental Justice

Ridding health care of environmental injustices and toxic chemicals

We believe people already compromised from high exposures to toxic chemicals should not be exposed to additional toxics in their medical treatment. Many common medical products used today contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals, notably DEHP, a reproductive and developmental toxicant and carcinogen. More:

Toxic chemicals in Health Care Toxic chemicals and Environmental Justice
24/05/2021 -

In early 2020, Jessian Choy, a journalist at the Sierra Magazine shared results from the laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics at the University of Notre Dame regarding potential PFAS contamination in the most popular period underwear brand. The results made it clear that products like period underwear could be manufactured with PFAS chemicals inside their “moisture-wicking” fabric. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS Maternal Exposure and Children Health Effects PFOA Exposure and Potential Effects Regulations on Ingredients in Feminine Hygiene and Cosmetic Products Toxicity: Evaluating Low-Dose Effects 

Report: 65% of Period Underwear Likely Contaminated with PFAS

In early 2020, Jessian Choy, a journalist at the Sierra Magazine shared results from the laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics at the University of Notre Dame regarding potential PFAS contamination in the most popular period underwear brand. The results made it clear that products like period underwear could be manufactured with PFAS chemicals inside their “moisture-wicking” fabric. More:

PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS Maternal Exposure and Children Health Effects PFOA Exposure and Potential Effects Regulations on Ingredients in Feminine Hygiene and Cosmetic Products Toxicity: Evaluating Low-Dose Effects 
24/05/2021 -

The young killer whale (Orcinus orca) was one of eight deceased orcas that researchers in Norway examined. Of these, seven (including the calf) had levels of the banned flame retardant polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) that were high enough to cause health problems in the animals, the researchers found. And all had lower levels of some newer pollutants of which little is known and haven't yet been banned. More:

Contaminants in Killer Whales Effect of toxic chemicals on cetaceans

Dead baby orca reveals harmful chemical levels in killer whales

The young killer whale (Orcinus orca) was one of eight deceased orcas that researchers in Norway examined. Of these, seven (including the calf) had levels of the banned flame retardant polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) that were high enough to cause health problems in the animals, the researchers found. And all had lower levels of some newer pollutants of which little is known and haven't yet been banned. More:

Contaminants in Killer Whales Effect of toxic chemicals on cetaceans
21/05/2021 -

The study, which was carried out by Czech NGO Arnika, together with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), CHEM Trust, and six other European NGOs, found that PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) continue to be widely used in disposable food packaging and tableware in Europe. More:


Harmful ‘forever’ chemicals widespread in EU fast food packaging, warns new report

The study, which was carried out by Czech NGO Arnika, together with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), CHEM Trust, and six other European NGOs, found that PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) continue to be widely used in disposable food packaging and tableware in Europe. More:

20/05/2021 -

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances – PFAS – are a family of around 5,000 different chemicals. They are widely used in industry and manufacturing to make non-stick and grease-repellent products, such as waterproof jackets, non-stick cookware, takeaway food packaging, fire-fighting foam and stain-repellent fabrics. More:


Fast food packaging from McDonald’s and Subway “intentionally treated” with harmful chemicals, study finds

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances – PFAS – are a family of around 5,000 different chemicals. They are widely used in industry and manufacturing to make non-stick and grease-repellent products, such as waterproof jackets, non-stick cookware, takeaway food packaging, fire-fighting foam and stain-repellent fabrics. More:

13/05/2021 -

A new study that checked American women’s breast milk for PFAS contamination detected the toxic chemical in all 50 samples tested, and at levels nearly 2,000 times higher than the level some public health advocates advise is safe for drinking water. More:


Study finds alarming levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in US mothers’ breast milk

A new study that checked American women’s breast milk for PFAS contamination detected the toxic chemical in all 50 samples tested, and at levels nearly 2,000 times higher than the level some public health advocates advise is safe for drinking water. More:

Chemical giants hid dangers of ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging

10/05/2021 -

A chemical partially banned by the NSW government in firefighting has been found in the pups of endangered Australian sea lions and in Australian fur seals. The finding represents another possible blow to Australian sea lions' survival. Hookworm and tuberculosis already threaten their small and diminishing population, which has fallen by more than 60 percent over four decades. More:


Firefighting chemical found in sea lion and fur seal pups

A chemical partially banned by the NSW government in firefighting has been found in the pups of endangered Australian sea lions and in Australian fur seals. The finding represents another possible blow to Australian sea lions' survival. Hookworm and tuberculosis already threaten their small and diminishing population, which has fallen by more than 60 percent over four decades. More:

10/05/2021 -

A study of pets who live near Chemours plant in Fayetteville found that the animals have much higher concentrations of PFAS in their blood than is considered safe by the EPA, which is 70 parts per trillion (ppt). N.C. State researchers tested for PFAS in 31 dogs and 35 horses living near the chemical plant. They found at least one measurable type of PFAS in every dog tested and all but one horse. More:

PFAS in aquatic wildlife PFAS Human exposure and health effects Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

These pets have high levels of forever chemicals in their blood. Has that made them sick?

A study of pets who live near Chemours plant in Fayetteville found that the animals have much higher concentrations of PFAS in their blood than is considered safe by the EPA, which is 70 parts per trillion (ppt). N.C. State researchers tested for PFAS in 31 dogs and 35 horses living near the chemical plant. They found at least one measurable type of PFAS in every dog tested and all but one horse. More:

PFAS in aquatic wildlife PFAS Human exposure and health effects Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS
04/05/2021 -

New research shows the harm to wildlife is due to a wide range of factors that is not generally considered in toxicology testing – the plastics’ size, shape and chemical makeup. In particular, it shows larval fathead minnows exposed to microplastics collected from Lake Ontario developed almost six times more deformities compared to when they were exposed ‘pristine’ pre-consumer microplastics. More:

Microplastics in US waterways

Chemical Impact: Microplastic pollution more complex than we think, says new research

New research shows the harm to wildlife is due to a wide range of factors that is not generally considered in toxicology testing – the plastics’ size, shape and chemical makeup. In particular, it shows larval fathead minnows exposed to microplastics collected from Lake Ontario developed almost six times more deformities compared to when they were exposed ‘pristine’ pre-consumer microplastics. More:

Microplastics in US waterways
04/05/2021 -

Scientists have developed an extension to an ordinary cellphone that turns it into an instrument capable of detecting chemicals, drugs, biological molecules, and pathogens. The advance is reported in Reviews of Scientific Instruments. More:


Cellphone converts into powerful chemical detector

Scientists have developed an extension to an ordinary cellphone that turns it into an instrument capable of detecting chemicals, drugs, biological molecules, and pathogens. The advance is reported in Reviews of Scientific Instruments. More:

04/05/2021 -

The legislation, S.20, would restrict PFAS chemicals — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl — in four main areas: fire-extinguishing foam, food packaging, rugs and carpets, and ski wax. It also includes restrictions of phthalates and bisphenols, which are commonly used in plastic products. More:


House unanimously approves ban on toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products

The legislation, S.20, would restrict PFAS chemicals — perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl — in four main areas: fire-extinguishing foam, food packaging, rugs and carpets, and ski wax. It also includes restrictions of phthalates and bisphenols, which are commonly used in plastic products. More:

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