Waterhouse emphasizes EPA’s PFAS, environmental justice priorities in Senate confirmation hearing

Published Sept. 16, 2021 Dive Brief: Carlton Waterhouse, the nominee for U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) assistant administrator, said the agency is working “as quickly as we can” to designate certain PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances. He named PFAS management among his top priorities during a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. […]

Swedish Chemicals Agency re: regulation of PFAS compounds

NOTE: Swedish Chemicals Agency just released this information re: regulation of PFAS compounds. It is a great summary and if you scroll down to the bottom there is a bombshell announcement that 200 PFAS Compounds will be added to the REACH list effective 2.25.23 and that the EU will be regulating these compounds as a […]

Companies that Manufacture or Distribute Pesticides or Foods in Polyethylene Containers Should Track FDA, EPA, and USDA Activities on PFAS

Article By Nancy B. Beck, Ph.D., DABT, Gregory R. Wall, Matthew Z. LeopoldGregory R. Wall Tuesday, August 10, 2021 In January, EPA obtained data that some mosquito control pesticides contained detectable levels of certain PFAS. In a joint investigation with the State of Massachusetts, EPA found that fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers containing a mosquito […]

Manufacturers, Distributors, and Users of Fluorinated Polyethylene Food Contact Articles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is directing this letter to manufacturers, distributors, and food manufacturers that use fluorinated polyethylene food contact articles as a reminder that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use. Specifically, FDA’s regulation authorizing the use of fluorinated polyethylene in contact with food is listed in […]

Burden falls on exposed people’ as EPA weighs PFAS rules

By Ariel Wittenberg, E.A. Crunden | 07/21/2021 12:28 PM EST EPA action to limit PFAS in drinking water is focused on just two compounds, meaning many Americans could continue drinking contaminated tap water for years to come. Claudine Hellmuth/E&E News (illustration); EPA (text); Jenn Durfey/Flickr (faucet); Freepik (man with glass); Wikipedia (GenX chemical formula); PxHere […]

EPA PFAS Action Sees Much Broader Scope Than In Past

By John Gardella Wednesday, July 14, 2021 The latest EPA PFAS action on Monday, July 13, 2021 shows once again that the agency is seeking to aggressively regulate certain PFAS compounds <www.epa.gov/ccl/contaminant-candidate-list-5-ccl-5> under the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, the EPA’s action on Monday is notable because it is one of the first instances in […]

Investigating the Uptake and Fate of Poly- and Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS) in Sea Ice Using an Experimental Sea Ice Chamber

Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 9601−9608 Jack Garnett, Crispin Halsall,* Max Thomas, Odile Crabeck, James France, Hanna Joerss, Ralf Ebinghaus, Jan Kaiser, Amber Leeson, and Peter M. Wynn ABSTRACT: Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are contaminants of emerging Arctic concern and are present in the marine environments of the polar regions. Their input to and […]

Melting Arctic ice carries high levels of ‘forever chemicals,’ study finds

By Brooklyn Neustaeter <www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/more/ctvnews-ca-team/brooklyn-neustaeter-1.4493580>CTVNews.ca Writer@bneustaeter Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:46PM EDT In this Friday June 13, 2008 file photo, a polar bear stands on an ice floe near the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. (AP Photo/Romas Dabrukas, File) TORONTO — A new study <pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.1c01645> has found high concentrations of toxic “forever chemicals” in the surface […]

How Chemicals in Food Packaging and Nonstick-Pans Contaminate the Arctic? And Why Is It a Problem?

Ron Jefferson Jul 29, 2021 07:15 AM EDT Forever Chemicals or Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are named as such due to their resistance to natural degradation. A study now shows how the increasing rate of Arctic ice melt is leaking the highest concentrations of forever chemicals into the environment. What is PFAS? PFAS, according […]