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July 2020

FDA Announces the Voluntary Phase-Out by Industry of Certain PFAS Used in Food Packaging

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the voluntary phase-out of a certain type of short-chain per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that contain 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol (6:2 FTOH), which may be found in certain food contact substances used as grease-proofing agents on paper and paperboard food packaging. Read more…

New York Moves on Some of Strictest PFAS Drinking Water Limits

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New York state is on track to set some of the nation’s most stringent maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for “forever chemicals” that don’t break down easily.

The state’s Public Health and Planning Council on Thursday voted to set the levels and finalized rules requiring water system monitoring for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. Read more…

Johnson Controls Subsidiary Reports Contaminated Water Spill Containing Arsenic, PFAS From Marinette Facility

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A Marinette manufacturer of firefighting foam is cleaning up a spill of contaminated water containing arsenic and so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Tyco Fire Products, part of Johnson Controls International, reported the spill to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Sunday around 9 p.m., according to a DNR releaseRead more…

State investigating ‘very startling’ levels of PFAS chemicals on central Maine dairy farm

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Milk from a Central Maine dairy farm contained levels of a harmful “forever chemical” that were 60 to 150 times higher than health standards, triggering a state investigation and raising new concerns about PFAS contamination on farms.

The levels of contamination in the farm’s milk are the highest, by far, documented in Maine for an agricultural setting and, at 32,200 parts per trillion, potentially the highest ever recorded in milk in the country. Read more…

Historic PFAS Investments Proposed in House Spending Bills

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WASHINGTON – Three spending bills proposed by the House will make historic investments to address the regulation and cleanup of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.

Spending bills for the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency will significantly increasing PFAS cleanup funding by the Pentagon, direct the EPA to accelerate efforts to restrict industrial discharges of PFAS, and also direct the EPA to complete efforts to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances. Read more…

Plastics and pesticides: Health impacts of synthetic chemicals in US products doubled in last 5 years, study finds

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The proof is piling up: Many synthetic chemicals can harm your health and that of your children.

Evidence has doubled in the last five years about the negative impact on our health of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics, pesticides, flame retardants and other merchandise, according to a new review of recent literature. Read more…