PFAS – News Articles

See also: What are PFAS? and PFAS Studies

Selected articles:

January 19, 2021. EPA Starts Long Process to Set Legal Limits on ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Tap Water – But Action Needed Now. Press Release from the Environmental Working Group.

January 10, 2021. Scientists will refine which chemicals are PFAS. By Cheryl Hogue. Chemical & Engineering News.

December 22, 2020. Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance; Notice of Availability for Public Comment (due Feb 22, 2021). Environmental Protection Agency. Federal Register.
See EPA’s document dated December 18, 2020: Interim Guidance on the Destruction and Disposal of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Materials Containing Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance

November 17, 2020. Covid: chemicals found in everyday products could hinder vaccine. By Oliver Milman. The Guardian (UK).
Excerpt: “Researchers worry PFAS, commonly found in the bodies of Americans, will reduce the immunization’s effectiveness”

October 26, 2020. State says Saranac Lake airport contaminated by PFAS. Albany Times-Union, NY.

October 9, 2020. Popular bottled water brands contain toxic ‘forever chemicals,’ Consumer Reports finds. By A. Pawlowski.

October 5, 2020. Breast milk analysis detects both legacy and emerging fluorinated compounds. By Amy Welch. Chemistry World.

October 1, 2020. Toxic PFAS found in livers of Atlantic seabirds, including those in NC. By Kayla Paige Guilliams. The Progressive Pulse.

October 1, 2020. PFAS — What You Need to Know in Transactions. By Andrew C. Cooper and Robert A. Conrad. The National Law Review.

September 30, 2020. Did the White House Stop the EPA From Regulating PFAS? By Sharon Lerner. The Intercept.

September 25, 2020. How eating fast food can mean eating a serving of hidden chemicals. Consumer Reports.

September 24, 2020. Why Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Still Allowed in America’s Drinking Water. The federal government still hasn’t set limits for PFAS compounds. Consumer Reports.

September 17, 2020. PFAS in food: EFSA assesses risks and sets tolerable intake. European Food Safety Authorty (EFSA).

September 10, 2020.DOD is spending millions, getting rid of toxic foam by burning it near where people live. By Joce Sterman, Alex Brauer and Andrea Nejman. Sinclair Broadcast Group. WJLA ABC 7 (greater Washington DC area).

August 26, 2020. GUEST OPINION: EPA Cancels Rahway PFAS Burn Experiment – Win for Clean Air. New Jersey Sierra Club Opinion.

August 25, 2020. Administrator Wheeler Statement on Cancellation of Bipartisan PFAS Destruction Research Squashed by Obama EPA Leadership. News Release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Note from NoBurnBroome. Judith Enck is attacked by the head of the EPA for stopping a human experiment. She did the right thing and should be applauded. Read the article above by the NJ Sierra Club. (EC)

July 24, 2020. Sources of PFAS Incinerated at Cohoes, NY Revealed. By Pat Elder. Military Poisons.

June 25, 2020. Destroying Forever Chemicals Ignites N.Y. Town’s ‘Worst Fears’. By Sylvia Carignan and Keshia Clukey. Bloomberg Law.

April 2020. Phelps L. USEPA PFAS Thermal Treatment & Methods Research – Opportunities for Collaborative Incineration Field Testing.

April 28, 2020. Toxic PFAS Fallout Found Near Incinerator in Upstate New York. By Sharon Lerner, The Intercept.

April 17, 2020. Carper: New Evidence and Leaked Documents Reveal White House Official Worked to Weaken PFAS Protections. U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

October 19, 2019. Top U.S. Toxicologist Was Barred From Saying PFAS Cause Disease in Humans. She’s Saying It Now. By Sharon Lerner, The Intercept.


Good Websites:

EWG (Environmental Working Group). Mapping the PFAS Contamination Crisis: New Data Show 2,230 Sites in 49 States.

EWG (Environmental Working Group). This group has worked on this issue since 2000. They provide the best information.

Earth Justice. What PFAS are, why they’re harmful, and what we can do to protect ourselves from them.

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