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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…

Pease Study community meeting on October 24, 2019

By | PFAS-REACH events, PFAS-REACH team news

CDC and ATSDR staff will hold public availability sessions on October 24, 2019 to kick-off the Pease Study and register participants exposed to PFAS through drinking water at the Pease International Tradesport in New Hampshire, the site of the former Pease Air Force Base. PFAS-REACH staff will attend the meeting and share information about the PFAS-REACH children’s health study. 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…

Silent Spring Institute awarded $1M to study health impacts of PFAS in drinking water

By | PFAS-REACH team news

The study is one of seven projects being funded through ATSDR’s new health study on PFAS, involving multiple communities across the United States.  The project will focus on two communities in Eastern Massachusetts—Hyannis and Ayer—where public drinking water supplies have been contaminated by PFAS from the use of firefighting foams at nearby fire training areas. Read more…