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October 2022

Researchers still looking for Hyannis residents to participate in national PFAS study

By PFAS-REACH team news

Hyannis is one of a handful of sites around the U.S. chosen by the CDC to be part of a study on the effects of the chemicals known as PFAS.

Researchers want to better understand what exposure to PFAS can do to humans in the hope of inspiring new regulations. But there’s a problem: Participation in the Hyannis portion of the study has been low.

CAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Silent Spring Institute scientist Laurel Schaider, who’s group is coordinating the study, about why people may be reluctant to sign up.

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New Study Maps Over 50,000 Sites In the U.S. That Are Likely Contaminated With ‘Forever Chemicals’

By PFAS in the news

Researchers have determined that the country is dotted with tens of thousands of locations that may be contaminated by PFAS, which are per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances—aka forever chemicals that do not disintegrate over time in nature or in the human body. Now, they’re mapping those sites to help regulators better direct resources toward cleanup efforts. Read more…

EPA allies support stronger safeguards for PFAS ‘forever chemicals’

By PFAS in the news

In his Sept. 18 op-ed, Mario H. Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Fund misinformed readers about a Superfund listing for two notorious PFAS chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, and mischaracterized the Sierra Club’s stance on PFAS disposal in the process. His claims could not be further from the truth.

Impacted community members and advocates — including the National PFAS Contamination Coalition, the Sierra Club, and GreenLatinos — repeatedly have voiced concerns about the slow and incomplete nature of the federal government’s response. But we all support cleaning it up. Research shows PFAS exposure causes serious health damages, including cancer, pregnancy complications, organ damage and immune system suppression. These highly toxic “forever chemicals” are detected in 97 percent of the general population and can cause harm at even trace levels. Read more…