EPA Readies 150 SNURs Regulating PFAS Approved Before TSCA Reform

EPA chemicals chief Michal Freedhoff says the agency could release within “about two months” significant new use rules (SNURs) limiting applications of some 150 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) approved before Congress overhauled the toxics law in 2016, alongside previously announced test orders for another block of 24 perfluorinated chemicals. During her April 11 keynote […]

PFAS in Food Packaging: Get Ready for New Regulations

By Thomas Lee, John Kindschuh, and Elyse Voyen April 29, 2022, 4:00 AM Have you ever wondered why your French fry box doesn’t disintegrate, or your burger wrapper doesn’t turn into a soggy mess? The answer is a family of several thousand chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Certain PFAS compounds are incredibly effective […]

Exposure to per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Markers of Liver Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Published:27 April 2022CID: 046001https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP10092   Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a public health epidemic. In parallel with the growing obesity epidemic, prevalence of NAFLD has significantly increased in recent years and become one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease globally. The prevalence of NAFLD is estimated to be about 25% worldwide, whereas cases […]

States Raise Concerns About Potential Impacts Of PFAS Superfund Listing

April 13, 2022 ASHEVILLE, NC — The heads of some state and territorial environment agencies are raising concerns about the potential widespread liability impacts of EPA’s plan to classify two well-known per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as Superfund “hazardous substances,” a concern a top official says the agency is grappling with. During the Environmental Council […]

House Group Urges EPA To Quickly Close TRI ‘Loophole’ For PFAS Reports

April 12, 2022 A group of House lawmakers is urging EPA to step up its timeline for a promised rule that would broaden Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), calling the agency’s failure to meet a self-imposed March target for the proposal “deeply concerning.” In the April 11 letter, […]

L’Oreal PFAS Lawsuit Again Shows ESG Risks of Marketing

By John Gardella CMBG3 Law CMBG3 Legal Resource Tuesday, April 12, 2022 In less than six months, L’Oreal has now found itself to be the target of PFAS lawsuits related to its mascara products. The latest L’Oreal PFAS lawsuit was filed in the New Jersey federal court on April 8, 2022. Cosmetics and PFAS is […]

SAB Panel Backs EPA’s PFAS Findings But Seeks Further Clarifications

April 13, 2022 EPA advisors are supporting many of the agency’s conclusions in draft documents to be used to set enforceable drinking water limits for two well-characterized per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including its scientific basis for conservative risk values, a finding that one of the substances is a likely carcinogen and its method for […]

Closing PFAS Reporting Loopholes under the Toxics Release Inventory

In a letter from the Assistant Administrator Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, writing to urge the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention to swiftly take action to close the reporting loopholes for the 176 PFAS chemicals listed on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).    

EPA Seeks To Step Up PFAS Inquiries In FY23, Previewing Enforcement

April 7, 2022 by Inside EPA EPA is seeking a $3 million funding increase in fiscal year 2023 to expand its role in investigating releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under multiple environmental laws at processing and disposal sites, an effort that one former official says could preview future enforcement actions at such facilities. […]

PEER sues EPA over records on PFAS-contaminated plastics

April 4, 2022 By Inside Washington Publishers Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is suing EPA to force release of documents related to the agency’s investigation of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers, just weeks after officials warned that such contamination may violate TSCA.  In a complaint filed March 30 […]