POPs in the news

07/12/2023 -

As Florida lawmakers continue efforts to keep the state’s environment clean, lawmakers heard of a possible threat that could cause harm to the state’s residents. More:

PFAS Water Contamination PFAS Water Contamination: The Florida Case PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS Human Health Effects: Pregnancy and Children PFAS Regulation, Lawsuit and Settlement

‘Never seen a group of substances’ like these: House lawmakers told of the perils of PFAS

As Florida lawmakers continue efforts to keep the state’s environment clean, lawmakers heard of a possible threat that could cause harm to the state’s residents. More:

PFAS Water Contamination PFAS Water Contamination: The Florida Case PFAS Human Health Effects PFAS Human Health Effects: Pregnancy and Children PFAS Regulation, Lawsuit and Settlement
07/12/2023 -

Many everyday household products expose us to chemicals and pollutants. Few products, however, allow these chemicals to interact with our bodies as intimately as pads, tampons, menstrual cups and other period care products. More:

Chemicals Exposure Through Personal Hygiene Products Cosmetics and Personal Hygiene Products: Guidance

Scented period products bring worrisome toxic exposures. Who’s most at risk?

Many everyday household products expose us to chemicals and pollutants. Few products, however, allow these chemicals to interact with our bodies as intimately as pads, tampons, menstrual cups and other period care products. More:

Chemicals Exposure Through Personal Hygiene Products Cosmetics and Personal Hygiene Products: Guidance

Pregnant women near farms had higher weedkiller levels during spraying season

06/12/2023 -

As the chemical industry and its allies work to block PFAS policy, we all have the power to fight for the protections we need. In this Livable Future LIVE event, we spoke with experts on how to do just that. More:

Introduction to PFAS PFAS Spread and Exposure PFAS and The Chemistry of Concealment PFAS Regulation: Water and Consumer's Products PFAS Lawsuits and Settlements

3 Things You Can Do to Fight Toxic PFAS Forever Chemicals

As the chemical industry and its allies work to block PFAS policy, we all have the power to fight for the protections we need. In this Livable Future LIVE event, we spoke with experts on how to do just that. More:

Introduction to PFAS PFAS Spread and Exposure PFAS and The Chemistry of Concealment PFAS Regulation: Water and Consumer's Products PFAS Lawsuits and Settlements
06/12/2023 -

Our quest for shiny, frizz-free hair using oils, gels, and sprays may come with a hidden health cost: releasing potentially harmful compounds, especially when paired with heat styling tools. More:

Indoor Air Pollutants Personal Care Products Emissions and Exposure

Hair Products Can Emit Potentially Dangerous Chemicals, Study Warns

Our quest for shiny, frizz-free hair using oils, gels, and sprays may come with a hidden health cost: releasing potentially harmful compounds, especially when paired with heat styling tools. More:

Indoor Air Pollutants Personal Care Products Emissions and Exposure
06/12/2023 -

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a major company to stop producing hundreds of millions of plastic containers each year that contain toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which leach into countless products. More:

PFAS Leaching, Human Exposure and Protective Measures PFAS Human Health Impact PFAS Regulation

EPA orders company to stop making plastic containers that leach toxic PFAS

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a major company to stop producing hundreds of millions of plastic containers each year that contain toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which leach into countless products. More:

PFAS Leaching, Human Exposure and Protective Measures PFAS Human Health Impact PFAS Regulation
06/12/2023 -

Are you looking for a safe natural non-toxic rug free from harmful chemicals for your living room or for the kids bedroom? Natural fiber rugs are a great choice for anyone looking for the safest selections. There are also rugs made from synthetic fabric that also avoid the most problematic chemicals as well. More:

Toxic Chemicals in Carpets Indoor Air Pollution and Carpet Cleaning Carpet Quality Standards & Certifications Phasing Out PFAS in Rugs

Safest Non-Toxic & Natural Rugs For The Whole Family - Guide

Are you looking for a safe natural non-toxic rug free from harmful chemicals for your living room or for the kids bedroom? Natural fiber rugs are a great choice for anyone looking for the safest selections. There are also rugs made from synthetic fabric that also avoid the most problematic chemicals as well. More:

Toxic Chemicals in Carpets Indoor Air Pollution and Carpet Cleaning Carpet Quality Standards & Certifications Phasing Out PFAS in Rugs
05/12/2023 -

This decree highlights that Chlorothalonil is a non-systemic fungicide used on a wide range of crops, including vegetables and fruits. However, its persistence in the environment and the negative impacts derived from its use have raised concerns. More:

Chlorothalonil in Costa Rica Chlorothalonil Groundwater Contamination

Costa Rica Bans Toxic Pesticide Chlorothalonil

This decree highlights that Chlorothalonil is a non-systemic fungicide used on a wide range of crops, including vegetables and fruits. However, its persistence in the environment and the negative impacts derived from its use have raised concerns. More:

Chlorothalonil in Costa Rica Chlorothalonil Groundwater Contamination
05/12/2023 -

The EU is currently debating a new Soil Law. Why is it vital that the EU passes such a Law as quickly as possible? Soil is possibly the most overlooked habitat on earth, but also one of the most important. For the United Nations’ World Soil Day, we investigated just some of the surprising aspects of soil and why healthy soils matter more than you might think. More:

What is Soil Soil and Biodiversity Soil Contamination and Degradation Soil Monitoring and Resilience in the EU

4 things you need to know about soil health

The EU is currently debating a new Soil Law. Why is it vital that the EU passes such a Law as quickly as possible? Soil is possibly the most overlooked habitat on earth, but also one of the most important. For the United Nations’ World Soil Day, we investigated just some of the surprising aspects of soil and why healthy soils matter more than you might think. More:

What is Soil Soil and Biodiversity Soil Contamination and Degradation Soil Monitoring and Resilience in the EU
05/12/2023 -

The Swedish Supreme Court rules in favour of residents affected by PFAS-contaminated drinking water in the Swedish municipality of Ronneby. But the list of contaminated sites is long. Will this landmark court ruling have a domino effect on PFAS-related lawsuits? More:

PFAS Toxicity and Risk Assessment PFAS Lawsuits in Sweden

Swedish court ruling unlocks potential for more PFAS lawsuits

The Swedish Supreme Court rules in favour of residents affected by PFAS-contaminated drinking water in the Swedish municipality of Ronneby. But the list of contaminated sites is long. Will this landmark court ruling have a domino effect on PFAS-related lawsuits? More:

PFAS Toxicity and Risk Assessment PFAS Lawsuits in Sweden
04/12/2023 -

PFAS filters available for industrial waste are usually made of activated carbon. As this is comparatively expensive, researchers are looking for alternative filter materials for the so-called "eternal toxins," whose hazardous residues only degrade very slowly in the environment. More:


Using clay to combat eternal toxins: Scientists clarify basis for innovative PFAS filter made of clay

PFAS filters available for industrial waste are usually made of activated carbon. As this is comparatively expensive, researchers are looking for alternative filter materials for the so-called "eternal toxins," whose hazardous residues only degrade very slowly in the environment. More:

04/12/2023 -

Have you ever stopped to consider what you may be consuming along with your coffee when you drink it from a take-out disposable paper cup? Or what sort of chemicals you may be ingesting when you eat your hamburger wrapped in paper? More:


The truth about toxic chemicals in food packaging and how to eliminate them

Have you ever stopped to consider what you may be consuming along with your coffee when you drink it from a take-out disposable paper cup? Or what sort of chemicals you may be ingesting when you eat your hamburger wrapped in paper? More:

03/12/2023 -

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Wausau, Wisconsin, a city of nearly 40,000 residents about 97 miles northwest of Green Bay, against 15 PFAS manufacturers and 61 major insurance players on Thursday, according to a news release from Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg's office. The lawsuit was filed by Napoli Shkolnik, a national law firm specializing in environmental litigation. More:

PFAS Drinking Water Pollution in the U.S Lawsuits Over PFAS Pollution PFAS Settlements

Wisconsin city files lawsuit against 'forever chemical' makers amid groundwater contamination

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Wausau, Wisconsin, a city of nearly 40,000 residents about 97 miles northwest of Green Bay, against 15 PFAS manufacturers and 61 major insurance players on Thursday, according to a news release from Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg's office. The lawsuit was filed by Napoli Shkolnik, a national law firm specializing in environmental litigation. More:

PFAS Drinking Water Pollution in the U.S Lawsuits Over PFAS Pollution PFAS Settlements
01/12/2023 -

Why has glyphosate still not been banned? This is the question being put to politicians by the victims of this herbicide, as the European Commission extends its authorisation for ten more years. More:


Glyphosate: The much-criticised herbicide that's still used in Europe

Why has glyphosate still not been banned? This is the question being put to politicians by the victims of this herbicide, as the European Commission extends its authorisation for ten more years. More:

01/12/2023 -

A group of global scientific cancer experts this week classified a widespread chemical known as PFOA as carcinogenic to humans, confirming decades of research, and building on concerns about human and animal exposure to that chemical and to the larger class of manmade substances that are commonly known as “forever” chemicals because of their persistence in the environment. Separately, the experts deemed a related chemical called PFOS as possibly carcinogenic to humans. More:

PFAS Carcinogenicity Lawsuits Settlements

Chemical found widely in the environment causes cancer, global experts determine

A group of global scientific cancer experts this week classified a widespread chemical known as PFOA as carcinogenic to humans, confirming decades of research, and building on concerns about human and animal exposure to that chemical and to the larger class of manmade substances that are commonly known as “forever” chemicals because of their persistence in the environment. Separately, the experts deemed a related chemical called PFOS as possibly carcinogenic to humans. More:

PFAS Carcinogenicity Lawsuits Settlements
30/11/2023 -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding some “forever chemicals” to the list of toxins in drinking water that must be reported. That is going to require a lot of infrastructure investment. More:

PFAS Risks for Human Health and the Environment PFAS in Drinking Water Addressing the PFAS Crisis

U.S. tap water has a $47 billion forever chemicals problem

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding some “forever chemicals” to the list of toxins in drinking water that must be reported. That is going to require a lot of infrastructure investment. More:

PFAS Risks for Human Health and the Environment PFAS in Drinking Water Addressing the PFAS Crisis
29/11/2023 -

Across the U.S., the Defense Department has contaminated potentially thousands of private drinking water wells with dangerous amounts of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Analyzing DOD records, EWG found that near 63 military bases in 29 states, 2,805 drinking water well samples were contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, the two most notorious and well-studied forever chemicals. More:

PFAS Pollution in the U.S. PFAS Human Health Impact PFAS Health Advisories PFAS Thresholds in Drinking Water

Abandoned: Unsafe ‘forever chemicals’ levels in thousands of drinking water samples near 63 military bases

Across the U.S., the Defense Department has contaminated potentially thousands of private drinking water wells with dangerous amounts of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Analyzing DOD records, EWG found that near 63 military bases in 29 states, 2,805 drinking water well samples were contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, the two most notorious and well-studied forever chemicals. More:

PFAS Pollution in the U.S. PFAS Human Health Impact PFAS Health Advisories PFAS Thresholds in Drinking Water
28/11/2023 -

Potentially toxic “forever chemicals” have been detected in the drinking water sources at 17 of 18 England’s water companies, with 11,853 samples testing positive, something experts say they are “extremely alarmed” by. More:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Impacts on Humans and the Environment PFAS Pollution in Europe PFAS Regulation in Europe

‘Forever chemicals’ found in drinking water sources across England

Potentially toxic “forever chemicals” have been detected in the drinking water sources at 17 of 18 England’s water companies, with 11,853 samples testing positive, something experts say they are “extremely alarmed” by. More:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Impacts on Humans and the Environment PFAS Pollution in Europe PFAS Regulation in Europe
28/11/2023 -

It is against the law to use paraquat in China, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and dozens of other countries. Many countries have banned the herbicide due to its extreme toxicity, while others have expressed concerns over the possible risk for Parkinson's disease. More:

Paraquat Dichloride and Poisoning Risk Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease Studies on Paraquat Exposure and Parkinson's Disease Industry Studies on Paraquat Regulation in the U.S. and Europe

'Burns me to a crisp': Farmers allege link between popular herbicide paraquat and Parkinson's disease

It is against the law to use paraquat in China, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and dozens of other countries. Many countries have banned the herbicide due to its extreme toxicity, while others have expressed concerns over the possible risk for Parkinson's disease. More:

Paraquat Dichloride and Poisoning Risk Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease Studies on Paraquat Exposure and Parkinson's Disease Industry Studies on Paraquat Regulation in the U.S. and Europe
28/11/2023 -

A new investigation by human rights experts appointed by the United Nations has expressed alarm at evidence of pollution from a North Carolina PFAS manufacturing plant, describing it as “alleged human rights violations and abuses against residents”. More:

What to Know About PFAS PFAS Crisis in North Carolina Appeal to UN for Human Rights in North Carolina Citizens' Right to Know and Action

UN human rights experts express alarm over PFAS pollution in North Carolina

A new investigation by human rights experts appointed by the United Nations has expressed alarm at evidence of pollution from a North Carolina PFAS manufacturing plant, describing it as “alleged human rights violations and abuses against residents”. More:

What to Know About PFAS PFAS Crisis in North Carolina Appeal to UN for Human Rights in North Carolina Citizens' Right to Know and Action
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