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Groundbreaking studies on ‘forever chemicals’ ramping up

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Andrea Amico remembers learning her family had been exposed to toxic chemicals.

“Feeling really upset that my family was exposed and not knowing what that could mean for their health,” Amico said.

Her husband and two older children drank the water contaminated with PFAS chemicals at Pease Tradeport, at work, and at daycare.

But nearly seven years later, she is no closer to finding out the long-term effects on her family’s health.

“I still don’t have any more answers,” Amico said. “I think I have a lot more worry as the science does continue to evolve around PFAS.” Read more…

Silent Spring Institute Continues PFAS Testing On Cape Cod

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

Silent Spring Institute presented to the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners Wednesday, April 7, about the level of certain potentially toxic chemicals in the water on Cape Cod and its current testing for them.

Founded in 1994, Silent Spring Institute is a Massachusetts-based scientific research organization dedicated to uncovering the links between chemicals found in the everyday environment and women’s health, with a focus on breast cancer prevention.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are manufactured chemicals that are resistant to degradation and can be found in everyday items such as dental floss, microwavable popcorn bags, non-stick cookware, carpets and others. Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are part of the PFAS group. Read more…

I tested my tap water, household products and cat for toxic ‘forever chemicals’

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

After spending several months reporting on the PFAS crisis, I had an alarming realization: taco night might be poisoning me.

I learned that the type of nonstick pans that I used to fry the fish usually contain the toxic chemicals, also called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Research alerted me to their use in some types of parchment paper, which I used to roll tortillas, while the aluminum foil in which I wrapped leftovers raised a red flag with its “nonstick” label. For dessert, I purchased cookies that a local bakery packed in the type of paper bags sometimes treated with PFAS, and the chemicals may have been in my tap water and fish. Read more…

What Lessons Should We Learn from the PFAS Crisis?

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

How a problem is framed often shapes the range of solutions considered. Ubiquitous global contamination by PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances), human-synthesized chemicals that are water and grease repellent and found in human blood, drinking water, and wildlife, is a problem that has been framed in a number of ways. While environmental regulation is often framed as driven by scientific knowledge, our research finds that in U.S. the implementation of chemical regulation is more commonly driven by scientific ignorance and corporate malfeasance. Read more…

Pease Health Study on PFAS in water set to resume

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

PORTSMOUTH — The first in the nation federal health study on adults and children exposed to dangerous PFAS chemicals is slated to restart Thursday, Oct. 15.

Andrea Amico, co-founder of community advocacy group Testing For Pease, said “we were informed by ATSDR (the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) that the Pease Health Study has been approved to reopen” pending final approval from an internal review board. Read more…