PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of widespread man-made chemicals that don’t break down in the environment or the human body and have been flagged as a major contaminant in sources of water across the country.
Keep up with PFAS-related developments in the Great Lakes area.
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- What does PFAS do to the body? — NPR Illinois
WBUR’s Gabrielle Emanuel explains what PFAS do to our bodies and how you can reduce your exposure.
For the second time, state regulators are rejecting a plan advanced by Wolverine Worldwide to clean up its toxic PFAS contamination in Kent County.
Following in California’s footsteps, New York has recently joined a litany of States banning PFAS substances in clothing and apparel.
- Health Canada initiates public consultation on proposed PFAS drinking water quality objective — Lexology
Health Canada is soliciting comments on its proposed drinking water quality objective for PFAS, the approach used to develop the proposed objective, and the potential impact of implementation of the proposed objective.
- Artificial turf potentially linked to cancer deaths of six Phillies ball players — The Guardian
- Veterans Stadium found to have contained ’16 different types of PFAS’ – Philly Sports Network
Tug McGraw. Darren Daulton. John Vukovich. John Oates. Ken Brett. David West. All members of the Philadelphia Phillies, all passed away due to aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma, and all of them died before the age of 60. Why a group of otherwise formerly healthy players died of a serious disease affecting 13,000 people a year: the turf.
Several Wisconsin environmental groups are sounding the alarm over a legal challenge to a state law that requires companies to clean up after hazardous chemical spills, requires companies to notify the Department of Natural Resources of any hazardous spills, and allows the state to respond and hold the companies accountable.
- What EPA’s nationwide PFAS rule means for Wisconsin drinking water — Wisconsin Watch
States like Wisconsin, where PFAS limits are less stringent than the new EPA standards, would have to revise them to match or surpass the federal standard. States without any limits must enact their first PFAS drinking water rules.
- Biden Administration to Restrict Cancer-Causing ‘Forever Chemicals’ — The New York Times
- EPA to limit toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water — AP News
- 4 questions about the EPA’s proposed PFAS drinking water standard, answered — PBS
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first federal limits on harmful forever chemicals in drinking water, a long-awaited protection the agency said will save thousands of lives and prevent serious illnesses, including cancer.
- Dangerous chemicals found in baby supplies, pet food packaging — Boston 25 News
Dangerous chemicals may be in your baby’s clothes and that bag of dog food. New testing found them in baby supplies — everything from bedding to clothes to toys — and in the packaging of some popular brands of dog and cat food.
- Federal Judge Denies Attempt by 3M to Evade Accountability for PFAS Contamination — Water Finance & Management
A federal district judge rejected 3M’s summary judgment arguments that the company should be treated as a government contractor and given immunity from being held liable for damages caused by PFAS produced by the company.
- Firefighters: Donating Blood May Reduce PFAS Levels in Your Blood — Homeland Security Today
According to research on Australian firefighters, PFAS levels in the blood can be reduced if a person donates blood every 12 weeks or plasma every 6 weeks.
In use since the 1950s, PFAS are chemicals most Americans have in their blood, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Researchers analyzed study samples from young children, teens and young adults, all of whom had a mixture of different PFAS in their blood.
- Op-ed: Time to take action to protect people from PFAS contaminated fish — Environmental Health News
The federal Clean Water Act was established by Congress in 1972 to ensure that the nation’s waters would be “fishable and swimmable.” Today, more than 50 years later, that goal is unachievable because of unregulated discharges of toxic PFAS chemicals into rivers, lakes and streams. It’s past time to regulate PFAS to protect the health of everyone who drinks water and consumes fish from contaminated waters.
- New bill to help farmers fight PFAS — Spectrum News
Maine’s congressional delegation is sponsoring a bill authorizing new funding to support farmers who may be impacted by PFAS.
Researchers have found PFAS in the bodies of wild animals everywhere they’ve looked. Now they’re beginning to understand the health effects.