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NC getting tougher on PFAS polluters, but researchers say more action is needed

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

North Carolina is getting tougher on industries that pollute the state’s air and waterways with potentially carcinogenic per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, commonly known as PFAS or “forever chemicals.” On Aug. 10, state Attorney General Josh Stein announced that he is starting an investigation into manufacturers and others that have fouled the state’s lakes, rivers and streams with PFAS. Read more…

Effect of PFAS on children’s immune system studied

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

PORTSMOUTH — One of the many concerns parents of children exposed to PFAS chemicals have is how it could impact their kids’ immune system.

Because exposure to PFAS in drinking water is believed to harm a child’s immune system, “PFAS can lower the effectiveness of vaccines they receive,” Portsmouth mother and Testing For Pease co-founder Andrea Amico said this week. Read more…

The End Is Nearer for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Wrappers

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

THE CONTAINERS THAT hold your takeout dinner may harbor an invisible threat: fluorinated compounds that persist in our bodies long after we ingest them. They are among almost 5,000 perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, a class of chemicals that have been associated with health hazards that include liver damage, birth defects, cancer, and impaired immunity. Read more…

Research suggests link between PFAS contamination and the coronavirus

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

John Wolfe doesn’t know what else he can do to protect himself against the coronavirus. The Wilmington boat captain follows all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. He wears a mask and requires tourists on his boat to do the same. He practices social distancing and washes his hands frequently. But Wolfe, like thousands of others who live downstream of the Chemours chemical plant on the Cape Fear River, worries that he may be more susceptible to the coronavirus. He has reason to be concerned. Read more…

Why limiting PFAS in drinking water is a challenge in the US

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

An article in the local newspaper caught Andrea Amico’s eye in May 2014. It reported that one of the three drinking-water wells at a sprawling business and industrial park nearby was shut down because of high levels of chemical contamination.

“Instantly, my heart sank,” says the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, woman. Amico recalls her reaction to the news: “My husband works there and he drinks water all day, and my two kids go to daycare there and they drink water all day.” Read more…

Does PFAS exposure add to COVID-19 risk? Shaheen, senators push to find out

By PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

U.S. Jeanne Shaheen is asking if COVID-19 poses “any unique risks” to people who have previously been exposed to PFAS chemicals.

The former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth and Newington is one of a long list of military installations in the United States that have been contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, sometimes referred to as forever chemicals.  Read more…

PFAS-REACH team participates in Barnstable County Virtual Water Fair

By PFAS-REACH events, PFAS-REACH team news

Looking for a fun at-home way to learn about Cape Cod’s water quality? “Attend” the Virtual Water Family Festival on Saturday May 30th! You will find tip sheets, videos, family activities, and so much more. Resources featured come from local Cape Cod non-profit organizations, town departments, and Barnstable County program areas. This FREE online event is brought to you by Barnstable County, the Groundwater Guardians, and Barnstable County Water Utility. PFAS-REACH materials can be found with information about Silent Spring Institute’s virtual “table”. Visit the event website for more information!