The Last Straw: Characterization of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Commercially Available Plant-Based Drinking Straws

Image Source: Alina Timshina1#, Juan J. Aristizabal-Henao1#, Bianca F. Da Silva1, John A. Bowden Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Florida Paper and other plant-based drinking straws are replacing plastic straws in commercial settings in response to trending plastic straw bans and the larger global movement for reducing […]

EPA’s Analytical Chemistry Branch PFAS Testing

The EPA’s Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at Fort Meade has tested a limited number of fluorinated and non-fluorinated HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) containers for the presence of PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, this effort is in support of the Agency’s investigation on the source(s) of PFAS found in a […]

EPA testing shows mosquito control containers source of PFAS

The fluorinated HDPE containers sold by one company were found to contain eight different PFAS compounds. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made new data available related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds found in fluorinated containers in which a mosquito control product was packaged and sold. EPA is also announcing its planned next steps to further […]

Specially treated plastic containers may spread PFAS

Fluorine-treated jugs and industrial drums can contaminate products, US EPA says by Cheryl Hogue PFAS may form when drums and jugs made of high-density polyethylene are treated with fluorine to make them more rugged and less permeable. Specially treated plastic containers could be widespread sources of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment, the US Environmental […]

BP Polymers Advances Barrier Resins

Kevin Callahan is chief operating officer of both Charlottesville, Va.-based Barrier Plastics Inc., and BP Polymers LLC, having founded both companies in 2008. He has led the development of Baritainer® containers made by Barrier Plastics.  On Page 12, he and Christopher Lind examine the performance of Kortrax, a polyamide resin, in barrier layers. He can […]

PFAS found in mosquito spray used in US states

Neighborhoods across the country could face contamination from insect control. by Cheryl Hogue at Chemical Engineering News Communities across the US may be polluted with toxic and persistent per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from pesticides sprayed to control mosquitoes, new data suggest. Separate testing by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and […]

PFAS in pesticides:

‘A problem of epic proportions New testing from an environmental watchdog group shows PFAS are present in multiple pesticides. Claudine Hellmuth/E&E News (illustration); Freepik (mosquito); EPA (logo and text) ; Clarke Mosquito Control Products Inc. (Anvil bottle) “Forever chemicals” are present in multiple common pesticides, according to new testing conducted by an environmental watchdog group and […]

EPA finds toxic compounds in mosquito spray used in Mass.; maker will change packaging

Mosquito spraying in Southeastern Massachusetts in 2006. Mosquito spraying in Southeastern Massachusetts in 2006.DAVID L RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/FILE The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that a controversial pesticide used to kill mosquitoes in Massachusetts contains toxic chemicals that leach into the product from its container, and the manufacturer has agreed to change its packaging, officials said […]