Interactive Map: PFAS Contamination Crisis: New Data Show 712 Sites in 49 States

The Environmental Protection Agency has known of PFAS’ health hazards for decades but has failed to limit PFAS discharges into the air and water or set cleanup standards. The agency recently released a so-called PFAS action plan, but it is woefully inadequate. The EPA plan will not address ongoing sources of PFAS pollution, will not … More Interactive Map: PFAS Contamination Crisis: New Data Show 712 Sites in 49 States

Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

Researchers are struggling to assess the dangers of nondegradable compounds used in clothes, foams and food wrappings. A few times every year, Christopher Higgins’s laboratory in Golden, Colorado, receives a special delivery in the mail. Inside an ice-box, Higgins finds several vials, each holding up to 250 millilitres of water collected from boreholes near US … More Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

Inside a corporate giant’s fight to thwart a massive pollution tab – POLITICO

From questioning the science to donating to political campaigns, 3M is going all out to avoid liability for water contamination plaguing more than 1,500 communities. Chemical industry giant 3M is waging an aggressive campaign to stave off new regulations and potentially billions of dollars in damages stemming from a contamination crisis that has fouled tens … More Inside a corporate giant’s fight to thwart a massive pollution tab – POLITICO

Contaminated jugs of water remain in New England supermarkets weeks after advisory issued – Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

“Nearly a month ago, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an advisory on high levels of PFAS, a class of man-made chemicals including PFOS and PFOA, in jugs of water from Spring Hill Farm Dairy Inc… The levels of PFAS found in the bottled water were four times higher than New Hampshire’s proposed standards, according to the Boston Globe. … More Contaminated jugs of water remain in New England supermarkets weeks after advisory issued – Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

California is the first state to require notification of toxic ‘forever’ chemicals in water

California on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to require water suppliers who monitor a broad class of toxic “forever chemicals” to notify customers if they’re present in drinking water. That could include sites from Los Angeles International Airport to military bases across the desert to refineries and other industry in low income neighborhoods. — Read on … More California is the first state to require notification of toxic ‘forever’ chemicals in water

New Senate bill limits firefighter exposure to PFAS – mlive.com

The first responders are building their advocacy about the chemicals as they weigh the impact of PFAS – which is linked to cancer, endocrine disorders and testicular cancer – on the people who handle the foam during training and emergencies. A bipartisan Senate bill introduced July 30 seeks to address that. The Protecting Firefighters from … More New Senate bill limits firefighter exposure to PFAS – mlive.com

What consumers can do as regulators weigh compounds’ risks – KIRO

For those concerned about exposure, there’s one critical thing to know about PFAS compounds: “They’re everywhere,” Linda Birnbaum, head of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, told a recent gathering of her agency’s advisory council. “The carpets and the chairs and maybe the clothes you’re wearing,” Birnbaum said. She noted she used to love … More What consumers can do as regulators weigh compounds’ risks – KIRO