EPA Says Inhance Must Change Fluorination Process For HDPE Container

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Inhance Technologies to stop producing three “forever chemicals” by the end of February 2024. These chemicals are generated during the manufacturing process for fluorinated HDPE. Inhance Technologies, a Houston-based company, has contested the EPA’s decision, which it considers to be a ban on producing containers. The company […]

‘Forever Chemical’ Lawsuits Could Ultimately Eclipse the Big Tobacco Settlement

It was the dead cows on Wilbur Tennant’s farm that shaped most of Rob Bilott’s professional life. Tennant’s farm was located in Parkersburg, W. Va.; Bilott was—and remains—an environmental lawyer at the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati. All had been well for Tennant until 1998, when half of his herd of 300 […]

Top US smoothie company accused of deception after toxic PFAS discovered

Tom Perkins – Tue 14 Feb 2023 06.00 EST A new class-action lawsuit alleges US beverage maker Bolthouse Farms deceived customers with claims that its Green Goodness smoothie is made of “100% fruit juice” after testing found the drink contains toxic PFAS, a synthetic chemical, at levels far above federal advisory drinking water limits. PFAS are a […]

OMB Reviewing EPA Notice Weighing Additional PFAS For CERCLA Listings

EPA has sent for White House-led interagency review a draft Federal Register notice that will seek public input on whether the agency should consider designating additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), beyond just the two most studied chemicals, as Superfund “hazardous substances,” or even propose designating PFAS as a class. The Office of Management & […]

EPA confirms fluorinated containers leach PFAS

High-density polyethlyene containers treated with fluorinated compounds can leach PFAS into pesticides and other liquid products, a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests. by Britt E. Erickson September 8, 2022 Plastic containers made of fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are likely to leach per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into pesticides and other liquid products […]

EPA Proposes to Stop Authorized Use of Certain PFAS in Pesticide Products

September 1, 2022 Contact Information EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove 12 chemicals identified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the current list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products to better protect human health and the environment. “Exposure to PFAS is an urgent public […]

PFAS in the Environment and Packaging

Per- and Polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are represented by over forty-one (41) individual compounds, around thirty (30) of which are under study by the US Environmental Agency (US EPA), various state EPA or Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) organizations, private industry, and universities (U Florida, Harvard1 and others).  This family of chemicals has been studied […]

EPA and Government of Flanders, Belgium Pledge to Share Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Information on PFAS and other Fluorocarbon Chemicals

August 24, 2022 Contact Information EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON (August 24, 2022) – This week, EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) with representatives from the Government of Flanders, Belgium pledging to share publicly available information on enforcement and compliance assurance issues related to PFAS and other fluorocarbon […]