In the News
Denmark Just Became the First Country to Ban PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ from Food Packaging (CNN | September 4, 2019)
Denmark will be the first country to ban PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, elevated cholesterol and decreased fertility, from food packaging, starting next year.
Short-chain and long-chain PFAS show similar toxicity, US National Toxicology Program says (C&EN | August 24, 2019)
Short-chain perfluoroalkyl sulfonates and perfluoroalkyl carboxylates adversely affect rat livers and thyroid hormones just like their long-chain homologues do, the US National Toxicology Program says.
Despite A Massive Cleanup Effort, People Near Some Military Bases Still Can’t Drink Their Tap Water (WUNC | August 13, 2019)
The military is spending millions of dollars to clean up water contamination around bases throughout the country. But people living with the contamination say the money has not gone nearly far enough.
Industry Cities 3M Research on Cancer Patients Exposed to PFOA to Claim the Chemical Isn’t So Bad (The Intercept | August 12, 2019)
Defenders of the chemicals known as PFAS have seized upon an industry-funded study of cancer patients as evidence that PFOA, the compound used to make Teflon and other products, isn’t as dangerous as it seems.
The Known Unknowns (Endeavors | August 6, 2019)
In 2016, a group of North Carolina researchers published evidence of high rates of PFAS in the Cape Fear River basin. While this unregulated family of chemicals is used in the production of everyday goods, its impact on human health is largely unknown.
Regulators Concerned Bottled Water, Not Just Tap, May Contain PFAS Contaminants (Consumer Reports | August 1, 2019)
Michigan officials urged a bottled-water industry trade group to require tests for the chemicals to reassure consumers.
PFAS Shows Up in Haw River, But Gets Limited Local Attention (North Carolina Health News | July 30, 2019)
On a windblown day in March, Emily Sutton wore rubber wading boots as she stood on the muddy banks of the Haw River and dipped a plastic sample bottle into the chilly, rushing water.
PFAS Battles Spark Lobbying Boom (E&E News | July 24, 2019)
Several companies that make, and in some cases use, a class of toxic chemicals found in drinking water are boosting their lobbying efforts as lawmakers home in on policies to deal with the substances.
How Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Made Their Way into Your Food (The Hill | July 14, 2019)
It’s summertime, which means the tourists are flocking to beachside ice cream stands. With their double scoop of blueberry, however, they may be getting a dose of toxic PFAS — thanks to the lax oversight of these harmful industrial chemicals entering our food supply.
PFAS Sleuths Seek ‘Forever Chemical’ Fingerprints (Bloomberg Environment | July 7, 2019)
As public concern about “forever chemicals” contamination escalates, scientists are working to better identify and track thousands of compounds that could unlock greater regulatory power and bolster plaintiffs’ ability to reap damages from polluters.
ENC Health Currents: PFAS Testing Underway In ENC (Public Radio East | July 3, 2019)
Last month, Jones County residents in Maysville found out their drinking water had been contaminated with high levels PFAS, likely from firefighting foam. This news comes two years after Wilmington learned about Gen X in the Cape Fear River.
PFAS Levels Spike In Cape Fear Water (Coastal Review Online | June 21, 2019)
The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said Friday that the latest results from its weekly monitoring of water drawn from Cape Fear River for the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant show the highest concentration of total PFAS measured since last September.
Maysville Holds Meeting on PFAS in Well Water (Public Radio East | June 12, 2019)
The Town of Maysville held a special session Thursday to discuss the high levels of PFAS that were found in the town’s well water and how they plan to address the problem.
FDA: GenX, 14 Types of Perfluorinated Compounds Found in Produce Grown Within 10 Miles of Chemours (NC Policy Watch | June 3, 2019)
Leafy greens collected at local farmers markets near Fayetteville contained elevated levels of GenX and other perfluorinated compounds, according to a recent FDA study.
- DEQ finds 20 types of PFAS in compost headed for gardens, farms and playgrounds (NC Policy Watch | May 28, 2019)
- Toxic Chemical Contamination Detected in Charlotte (NC Policy Watch | May 17, 2019)
- Citizen Sleuths Exposed Pollution from a Century-Old Michigan Factory (Science | May 16, 2019)
- New Study Claims 43 States Expose Millions to Dangerous Chemical in Drinking Water (CBS News | May 7, 2019)
- Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS (NPR | April 22, 2019)
- Scientists Update Lawmakers on PFAS Research (NC Policy Watch | April 10, 2019)
- Researchers Find Toxic Chemicals in North Carolina Wildlife (Star News | April 9, 2019)
- Should You Be Concerned About PFAS Chemicals? (Consumer Reports | April 8, 2019)
- The hunt is on for GenX chemicals in people (C&EN | April 7, 2019)
- NC Legislature Considering PFAS Ban In Firefighting Foam (WHQR | April 4, 2019)
- PFAS Costs Europe More Than €50 Billion a Year in Health Problems (Quartz | March 19, 2019)
- Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water (NY Times | March 14, 2019)
- US Government Investigating Food Supply for PFAS Contamination (C&EN | March 7, 2019)
- EPA Says It Plans to Limit Toxic PFAS Chemicals, But Not Soon Enough for Critics (NPR | Feb 14, 2019)
- Worrisome Nonstick Chemicals are Common in U.S. Drinking Water, Federal Study Suggests (Science | Feb 8, 2019)
- The Scientists Tracing Thousands of Fluorinated Chemicals in Our Environment (Nature | Feb 6, 2019)
- Not a Problem You Can Run Away From: Communities Confront the Threat of Unregulated Chemicals in Their Drinking Water (Washington Times | Jan 2, 2019)
- Exposure Study Released in Wilmington (WUNC | Nov 15, 2018)
- Draft EPA Study Finds Newer Nonstick Compound May Be Harmful (AP | Nov 14, 2018)
- Decades-Old Chemicals, New Angst Over Drinking Water (NPR | Oct 2, 2018)
- Pivotal Fall Ahead For GenX Research, Action (Coastal Review Online | Aug 24, 2018)
- Is GenX in the Water? NC Research Project Aims to Find Out (Star News Online | Aug 16, 2018)
- Researchers from Various NC Universities Banding Together to Understand GenX (WNCN | Aug 8, 2018)
- Are Toxic Chemicals in Our Drinking Water? Statewide Testing Should Let Us Know (N&O | Aug 6, 2018)