Source: Carper to EPA: Reject Pressure from Other Agencies to Weaken PFAS Groundwater Guidance If EPA accedes to this reported pressure from other agencies, it would mean that Americans’ exposure to PFAS levels much higher than EPA’s 70 ppt drinking water advisory level could continue both on and off contaminated federal facility sites. According to … More Senator Tom Carper to EPA: Don’t Weaken PFAS Groundwater Safety Standards
Source: NYT: To Avoid Cleanup, Pentagon Demands PFAS Standards Up to 30x Higher Than Safe Level in Federal Study “Instead of recognizing that we have an out-of-control PFAS crisis and its role in causing it, the Pentagon’s proposal will make it even worse,” said EWG President Ken Cook. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on … More Pentagon Lobbies for PFAS Standards Up to 30x Higher Than Safe Level in Federal Study. “Setting a PFAS standard so high that the Pentagon could avoid cleaning up many of its contaminated sites is like raising the speed limit to 500 miles per hour.”
The Pentagon’s position pits it against the Environmental Protection Agency, which is seeking White House signoff for standards that would most likely require expensive cleanup programs at scores of military bases, as well as at NASA launch sites, airports and some manufacturing facilities. Despite its deregulatory record under President Trump, the E.P.A. has been seeking … More Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water
Source: PFAS: How Much is Too Much? According to the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team, 98 percent of all Americans have some level of these chemicals in their blood. And while they have been linked to higher risks of certain cancers and thyroid disease, health experts say they don’t know enough about them to say PFAS are directly responsible for … More PFAS: 10 PPT is too much.
Source: STEEP researcher served as expert witness in settled Minnesota v. 3M lawsuit In 2010, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued 3M stating that 3M knew the effects of PFCs* (perfluorinated chemicals), which includes PFASs, and still disposed of them improperly. The company argues that 3M fulfilled its legal obligations in its previous agreement with … More Previously undisclosed documents disovered in settled Minnesota v. 3M lawsuit
Advocates have called for strict rules on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water and soil for years, and some have called the EPA’s lengthy review process an attempt to delay action further. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Mark Cuker, an attorney who has represented clients harmed by some of the chemicals included in the review. … More EPA Looks Into New Limits On Toxic Chemicals Linked To Cancer | Here and Now
Source: Citytakes well with elevated levels of PFAS out of service In announcing the shutdown Monday, the Madison Water Utility repeated the assurance it has made for months — that contamination levels in Well 15 remain under a controversial federal health advisory. The shutdown abruptly halts an expanded program of monthly water testing at the … More Wells with elevated levels of PFAS taken out of service in Madison, Wisconsin