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PFAS in the news

What Are PFAS Chemicals, And Should I Be Freaking Out About Them?

By | PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

The chemicals called “PFAS” have been in the news a lot lately — like the recent revelation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was allowing PFAS-contaminated water to be treated in Lowell and discharged into the Merrimack River, or the news that chemical giant 3M is suing the state of New Hampshire over the state’s strict PFAS drinking water standards. So, what are these chemicals, anyway? And should we be worried about them? Read more…

Hundreds of wells are contaminated across California. Find out where.

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Nearly 300 wells and other sources of drinking water across California contain PFOS and PFOA.  This year, state regulators mandated testing at wells with a high risk of contamination. Of the 600 wells across the state that were tested, about half contained one of the two chemicals, and twenty-four contained a combined level above 70 parts per trillion, enough to trigger a health advisory.  Read more… 

Eating at home reduces your exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

By | PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

We know that homemade meals are usually more nutritious than the fries-burger-soda combo from your nearest fast food outlet. But that’s not the only reason cooking your own food is the healthier bet: Research suggests those quickly-delivered burgers could contain toxic PFAS chemicals. A new study by Silent Spring Institute found that eating out corresponded with higher bodily levels of PFAS. Read more…

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Artificial Turf

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PFAS chemicals have been identified in synthetic turf, according to lab tests performed on several samples of the artificial grass that were shared with The Intercept. The presence of the chemicals, members of a class that has been associated with multiple health problems, including cancer, adds to growing concerns about the grass replacement that covers many thousands of acres in parks, schools, professional sports stadiums, and practice fields around the U.S. Read more…