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Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS (NPR | April 22, 2019)
Scientists are ramping up research on the possible health effects of a large group of common but little-understood chemicals used in water-resistant clothing, stain-resistant furniture, nonstick cookware and many other consumer products.
Scientists Update Lawmakers on PFAS Research, Including Presence of Compounds in Food (NC Policy Watch | April 10, 2019)
In the freezer at Lee Ferguson’s lab at Duke University, there is an Antarctic ice core with layers of the Earth’s atmospheric history trapped inside.
Researchers find toxic chemicals in North Carolina wildlife (Star News | April 9, 2019)
Researchers at North Carolina State University say they found high levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in alligators and striped bass in the Wilmington area.
Should You Be Concerned About PFAS Chemicals? (Consumer Reports | April 8, 2019)
A group of substances known as PFAS chemicals are behind a variety of everyday conveniences that make our lives a little bit easier.
The hunt is on for GenX chemicals in people (C&EN | April 7, 2019)
On a chilly day in November 2017, Beth Markesino sat in the county health department. She pushed up the sleeve of her sweater and extended her arm. A medical technician drew her blood.
NC Legislature Considering PFAS Ban In Firefighting Foam (WHQR | April 4, 2019)
A bill filed this week in the North Carolina legislature could impact the water quality of the Cape Fear River. House Bill 560 would ban PFAS and other perfluorinated compounds from the firefighting foams used near airports and in industrial areas around the state. It has co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle.
PFAS Costs Europe More Than €50 Billion a Year in Health Problems (Quartz | March 19, 2019)
Perfluorinated chemicals, or PFAS (which stands for “perfluoroalkyl substances”), are a little-known class of chemicals that have sparked one of the biggest drinking-water contamination crises in recent decades.
Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water (New York Times | March 14, 2019)
The Pentagon is pushing the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for groundwater pollution caused by chemicals that have commonly been used at military bases.
US Government Investigating Food Supply for PFAS Contamination (Chemical and Engineering News | March 7, 2019)
The US government is broadening its focus on toxic fluorocarbon contamination beyond industrial sites and military bases to include the nation’s food supply.
EPA Says It Plans to Limit Toxic PFAS Chemicals, But Not Soon Enough for Critics (NPR | February 14, 2019)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will begin the process this year of setting limits on two man-made chemicals that are linked to cancer and other illnesses, and are found widely in drinking water and soil.
Worrisome Nonstick Chemicals are Common in U.S. Drinking Water, Federal Study Suggests (Science | February 8, 2019)
In recent weeks, the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., has been dithering on whether to protect drinking water from unregulated industrial chemicals known as PFAS.
Tainted Water: The Scientists Tracing Thousands of Fluorinated Chemicals in Our Environment (Nature | February 6, 2019)
Researchers are struggling to assess the dangers of nondegradable compounds used in clothes, foams and food wrappings.
Not a Problem You Can Run Away From: Communities Confront the Threat of Unregulated Chemicals in Their Drinking Water (Washington Times | January 2, 2019)
The day this small town told its residents to stop drinking the water, life on Glendale Boulevard turned from quiet to alarming.
Exposure Study Released in Wilmington (WUNC | November 15, 2018)
This week participants in a GenX exposure study began receiving their test results. Some 345 New Hanover County residents took part in the study, giving blood, urine, and tap water samples late last year.
Draft EPA Study Finds Newer Nonstick Compound May Be Harmful (AP | November 14, 2018
Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Decades-Old Chemicals, New Angst Over Drinking Water (NPR | October 2, 2018)
In some parts of the country people are learning their drinking water contains pollution from a group of chemicals called Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).
Pivotal Fall Ahead For GenX Research, Action (Coastal Review Online | August 24, 2018)
Since news first broke about the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River and the Wilmington-area water supply, there have been two arcs to the story.
Is GenX in the Water? NC Research Project Aims to Find Out (Star News Online | August 16, 2018)
The NC Policy Collaboratory will help utilities find out if there are man-made contaminants in their drinking water supplies.
Researchers from Various NC Universities Banding Together to Understand GenX (WNCN | August 8, 2018)
Following the discovery of GenX in the Cape Fear River, researchers from universities across the state are taking on a new initiative to better understand what other compounds are in NC drinking water sources.
Are Toxic Chemicals in Our Drinking Water? Statewide Testing Should Let Us Know (N&O | August 6, 2018)
North Carolina’s leading university science researchers will try to find out if water supplies in the state have been contaminated.