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EPA failed to monitor GenX chemical for eight years (The Fayetteville Observer | May 28, 2020)
The EPA’s regional office wasn’t told it was supposed to inspect the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant until the StarNews in Wilmington reported there was GenX in the Cape Fear River.
Bills Offer Options for PFAS Regulation (Coastal Review Online | May 20, 2020)
Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, and about three dozen cosponsors, have introduced a series of bills intended to demonstrate the range of steps the state could take in regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
PFAS restriction plan developing in EU (c&en | May 16, 2020)
Five countries are drawing up a proposal to restrict production and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the European Union.
The toxic chemicals in our homes could increase Covid-19 threat (The Guardian | April 29, 2020)
Long-term exposure to air pollution increases the danger associated with four of the biggest Covid-19 mortality risks: diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and asthma. It also can make the immune system overreact, exaggerating the inflammatory response to common pathogens.
Incinerators may spread, not break down PFAS (c&en | April 27, 2020)
New data suggest that commercial incineration of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) doesn’t break down these hardy chemicals. Instead, it spreads them into surrounding areas.
Commonly used chemicals associated with miscarriage (Yale School of Medicine | April 23, 2020)
Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found that maternal exposure to synthetic chemicals widely used in food packaging and commonly found in drinking water supplies is associated with a woman’s risk for miscarriage in the second trimester. Click to read full study paper.
Detailed Maps and Airborne Chemicals: How the PFAS Landscape Differs State-by-State (WXPR | March 26, 2020)
A month ago, in a ballroom at a hotel conference center in a Madison suburb, social distancing wasn’t even in the vocabulary of most people.
Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ flow freely through this river — and now its fish (National Geographic | March 24, 2020)
The health effects of PFAS chemicals are still under scientific investigation, but North Carolina residents worry that the abundant substances puts them in danger too.
Pentagon cleanup of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ likely to last decades (The Hill | March 22, 2020)
A recent report from the Pentagon says it may take decades to remove toxic “forever chemicals” from the water supply near military bases following a surge in the number of sites with suspected contamination.
3M Offers Researchers New Resources to Improve PFAS Testing (Bloomberg Law | March 19, 2020)
3M Co. is publicizing its studies on PFAS chemicals in the hopes that researchers, who are using varying methods to test for the chemicals, will rely on the company’s standards and resources.
- Groups sue US military to stop PFAS incineration (C&EN | Feb 25, 2020)
- EPA Inches Toward PFAS Drinking Water Regulation (WAMC | Feb 24, 2020)
- High Levels of PFAS Affect Immune, Liver Functions in Cape Fear River Striped Bass (NC State News | Feb 7, 2020)
- New DEQ data show ‘staggering’ levels of PFAS in Cape Fear River basin (NC Health News | Feb 3, 2020)
- PFAS Contamination of Drinking Water Far More Prevalent Than Previously Reported (EWG | Jan 22, 2020)
- ‘Forever chemicals’ found in drinking water in dozens of cities (PBS News | Jan 22, 2020)
- Trump officials voice opposition to ‘forever chemical’ bill (The Hill | Jan 7, 2020)
- FDA Makes Available Results from Second Round of Testing for PFAS in Foods (FDA | Dec 20, 2019)
- Rainwater in parts of US contains high levels of PFAS chemical (The Guardian | Dec 17, 2019)
- North Carolina Scientists, Policymakers Take on PFAS (NIEHS Environmental Factor | Dec 2019)
- Raleigh Students Take on PFAS Pollution (NC Health News | Nov 21, 2019)
- How To Say Goodbye to PFAS (C&EN | Nov 20, 2019)
- The List of Military Sites with Suspected ‘Forever Chemicals’ Contamination has Grown (Military Times | Nov 20, 2019)
- Haw River Assembly to Sue Burlington Over Chemicals in Sewage (Times-News | Nov 9, 2019)
- Top Toxicologist Barred from Saying PFAS Causes Disease in Humans (The Intercept | Oct 24, 2019)
- NC State-led Study Shows Cape Fear River Had ‘Incredibly High’ Levels of Chemicals (N&O | Oct 10, 2019)
- Chemours Accused of Misleading Investors on PFAS Liabilities (Bloomberg Law | Oct 9, 2019)
- To Reduce PFAS Levels in Food, Cook at Home (Consumer Reports | Oct 9, 2019)
- New Analysis Indicates That Toxics Were Present in Wilmington Drinking Water at Extreme Levels (NC Policy Watch | Oct 9, 2019)
- Researchers Document Unregulated Chemicals in Pittsboro Water (WUNC | Sept 26, 2019)
- Concerns Grow Over Tainted Sewage Sludge Spread on Croplands (AP | Sept 12, 2019)
- Denmark Just Became the First Country to Ban PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ from Food Packaging (CNN | Sept 4, 2019)
- Short-chain and long-chain PFAS Show Similar Toxicity (C&EN | Aug 24, 2019)
- Despite A Massive Cleanup Effort, People Near Military Bases Still Can’t Drink Their Water (WUNC | Aug 13, 2019)
- Industry Cities 3M Research on Cancer Patients Exposed to PFOA Claim the Chemical Isn’t So Bad (The Intercept | Aug 12, 2019)
- The Known Unknowns (Endeavors | Aug 6, 2019)
- Regulators Concerned Bottled Water May Contain PFAS Contaminants (Consumer Reports | Aug 1, 2019)
- PFAS Shows Up in Haw River, But Gets Limited Local Attention (North Carolina Health News | July 30, 2019)
- PFAS Battles Spark Lobbying Boom (E&E News | July 24, 2019)
- How Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Made Their Way into Your Food (The Hill | July 14, 2019)
- PFAS Sleuths Seek ‘Forever Chemical’ Fingerprints (Bloomberg Environment | July 7, 2019)
- ENC Health Currents: PFAS Testing Underway In ENC (Public Radio East | July 3, 2019)
- PFAS Levels Spike In Cape Fear Water (Coastal Review Online | June 21, 2019)
- Maysville Holds Meeting on PFAS in Well Water (Public Radio East | June 12, 2019)
- FDA: GenX, 14 Types of Perfluorinated Compounds Found in Produce Grown Within 10 Miles of Chemours (NC Policy Watch | June 3, 2019)
- 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)