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

April 11, 2022

Want single-use foodware without harmful chemicals? A new certification will help you find it.

“Here’s a secret about single-use foodware: brands and manufacturers don’t have to tell what’s in it, and in some cases, they don’t even know. This presents a challenge for safety-conscious…
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April 7, 2022

REI earns ‘F’ grade in new scorecard on toxic “forever chemicals” commitments by major retailers

SEATTLE, WA—Today, NRDC, Fashion FWD, and U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a scorecard ranking PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) policy commitments from 30 popular retail and apparel brands, giving REI a failing…
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April 5, 2022

Scientists sound alarm at US regulator’s new ‘forever chemicals’ definition

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) department responsible for protecting the public from toxic substances is working under a new definition of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ that excludes some of their widely used compounds.…
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PFAS-REACH team in the news

December 15, 2021

Release of the PFAS Sites and Community Resources Map

A new online map launched this week brings together information about known and suspected PFAS contamination sites across the United States with resources for affected communities and information about state action.…
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November 16, 2021

Exposed to Contaminated Water at Pease? Health Officials Urge Signing Up for Health Study

Health officials are hosting an event at the Pease Tradeport food court Tuesday to help people to enroll in the ongoing Pease Health Study for people exposed to PFAS in drinking water at…
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August 4, 2021

PFAS Testing of Wells in Truro and Wellfleet Set to Begin

Testing for the presence of PFAS — compounds linked to a broad array of harmful health effects — is set to begin in Wellfleet and Truro. The testing is part…
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May 17, 2021

Silent Spring to Update Study on Water Testing

BARNSTABLE – A virtual community event is being held by the Silent Spring Institute for past and present members of the Hyannis community on May 18th to receive information about…
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March 19, 2021

Families Urged To Join Groundbreaking PFAS Health Studies At Pease Tradeport

At the former Pease Air Base in Portsmouth, scientists are resuming a pair of pioneering research studies on chemical contamination in drinking water. It could provide some of the best…
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March 12, 2021

Researchers: PFAS exposure linked to vaccine efficacy, children’s immune systems

BOSTON — A week after a study found higher levels of PFAS in Cape Cod drinking water than was previously known, scientists from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public…
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