Scientists make a startling connection between toxic ‘forever chemicals’ and our immune system: ‘If a person is exposed …’

A new study suggests per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as forever chemicals or PFAS, reduce the activity of human immune cells. Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, showed PFAS can impair health by reducing this activity. The study, recently published in Chemosphere, also featured a method that “could be used to reveal the immunomodulatory […]

Maine’s Difficulties Implementing its PFAS Law Could Foreshadow Similar Issues Nationwide

Maine recently delayed the January 2024 implementation of a first-of-its-kind law requiring manufacturers to disclose PFAS in products sold in the state, effectively banning PFAS in most such products by 2030. Manufacturers of products containing PFAS now have until January 2025 to report them. Meanwhile, Maine also created two reporting exemptions — one for businesses […]

The battle over PFAS in Europe

Fluoropolymers’ myriad uses mean a ban could have widespread implications. A full-scale furor is erupting in Europe, pitting industry against government. The European Commission (EC) is proposing that all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) be banned because it says they are persistent, can be toxic, and can bioaccumulate in organisms—including people. The ban would include […]

Plastic containers still distributed across the US are a potential health disaster

Consumer groups are condemning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing plastic containers made with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” to continue being distributed across the economy – even though the agency is suing a top manufacturer over the dangerous compounds leaching into containers’ contents, such as food or personal care products. The groups are now […]

It’s Time for MedTech to Recognize PFAS Urgency

Over the past 85 years, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have worked their way into numerous applications across countless industries. The MedTech industry is no exception. From dental floss to inhalers, ventilators, artificial heart pumps, pacemakers, contact lenses, surgical drapes and gowns, and countless other items, the family of PFAS chemicals is vital to many […]

Forever Chemicals Are Everywhere. Companies Need to Get Their Houses In Order.

The well-known group of chemicals, which consists of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, has been widely used since the 1950s in everything from nonstick cookware to water-repellent clothing to stain-resistant fabrics to flame retardants to cosmetics. But it’s not just in the products we use, it’s also in our soil, our drinking water and the air […]

EPA Revises Schedule for Anticipated CERCLA PFOA and PFOS Hazardous Substance Designation

In September 2022, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) proposed to designate perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (“PFOS”), including their salts and structural isomers, as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), also known as “Superfund.” EPA received over sixty-thousand comments on its proposal during the 60-day public […]

Listing of PFOA, PFOS, PFBS, and GenX as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Constituents

Based on public health and environmental protection concerns and in response to several petitions which requested EPA to take regulatory action on PFAS under RCRA, EPA is evaluating the existing toxicity and health effects data on four PFAS constituents to determine if they should be listed as RCRA Hazardous Constituents. If the existing data for […]