News & Events

Read the latest news and updates on PFAS. From policy and litigation, to community action, to the most recent science, learn how different groups in the U.S.—and the world—are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis.

PFAS in the news

July 6, 2020 in PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

PFAS chemicals—the other immune system threat

“In 2014, my world changed forever when I learned my family was exposed to contaminated drinking water containing high levels of PFAS. Since then, I haven’t stopped worrying about my…

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July 2, 2020 in PFAS in the news

Maine Requires Notice on Kids’ Products Made With Five PFAS

Companies in Maine that sell toys and other products for children made with five “forever chemicals” must notify the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, according to a rule unanimously approved…

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July 1, 2020 in PFAS in the news

Protective gear could expose firefighters to PFAS

Firefighters face dangers beyond the blaze itself. Their work subjects them to carcinogens from burning materials, as well as toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from flame-suppressing foams. A new study…

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PFAS-REACH team in the news

July 6, 2020 in PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

PFAS chemicals—the other immune system threat

“In 2014, my world changed forever when I learned my family was exposed to contaminated drinking water containing high levels of PFAS. Since then, I haven’t stopped worrying about my…

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June 29, 2020 in PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

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

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…

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June 25, 2020 in PFAS in the news, PFAS-REACH team news

US moves to exempt companies from reporting harmful chemical releases

Federal regulators are crafting an exemption for polluters releasing harmful perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) into the environment in a way that environmental advocates say circumvents a new law meant to address…

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PFAS-REACH events

May 29, 2020 in PFAS-REACH events, PFAS-REACH team news

PFAS-REACH team participates in Barnstable County Virtual Water Fair

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…

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March 23, 2020 in PFAS-REACH events, PFAS-REACH team news

Working with Communities to Understand and Address PFAS Exposures: Webinar featuring PFAS-REACH Co-Principal Investigators

PFAS-REACH co-Principal Investigators Laurel Schaider and Phil Brown, along with Detlef Knappe, will give a webinar on March 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:00pm, titled “Working with Communities to Understand and Address…

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October 18, 2019 in PFAS-REACH events, PFAS-REACH team news

Pease Study community meeting on October 24, 2019

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…

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