Contaminated Groundwater, a Toxic Legacy of Georgia’s Air Bases

January 3, 2019

For decades, the United States Air Force used a toxic firefighting foam that contaminated water near bases and exposed communities to chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other health problems.
Commercial airports are currently required to follow standards outlined in military specifications, which call for fluorinated foams to be used.

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Your questions about PFAS, answered.

October 2, 2018

There are more than 4,000 different chemicals in this family, including two common ones called “PFOA” and “PFOS.” PFAS chemicals are known for their durability – they are incredibly resistant to most elements, which is why they’ve been used in materials ranging from waterproof shoes to firefighting foam to non-stick pots and pans since the 1950s.…

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Deal would allow airports to stop using PFAS-containing foams

October 2, 2018

A provision in legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration allow airports to use firefighting foams that don’t contain fluorinated chemicals.

Commercial airports are currently required to follow standards outlined in military specifications, which call for fluorinated foams to be used.

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‘What did we do?’ Families anxious about chemicals found in tap water

August 16, 2018

It’s been about three weeks since Tammy Cooper last drank water from her tap. That’s when she saw a warning on Facebook for residents of her small Western Michigan town to stop drinking the water.

In Michigan, water main breaks aren’t unusual, although they’re more common in winter. It didn’t immediately strike Cooper as out of the ordinary to not be able to drink the water.…

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Multinational insulation manufacturers phase out flame retardant HBCD

July 19, 2018

Multinational manufacturers Dow, Owens Corning and Kingspan have phased out halogenated flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) from their building insulation products.
HBCD has been commonly used in expanded and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS) foam produced for the building and construction industry to meet fire safety standards.…

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Capitol Weekly: The Toxic Chemical ‘whack-a-mole’ game

January 9, 2018

When her black cat rapidly dropped from a healthy 14 pounds to a skeletal five pounds, it was natural for Arlene Blum to investigate whether a toxic chemical in her home might be to blame. The veterinarian’s diagnosis raised that possibility, and Blum had expertise in the harm that chemicals can cause…

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CBS This Morning: Are toxic chemicals at Air Force bases leading to cancer, low birth weight?

January 8, 2018

The cause of such illnesses could be firefighting foam used since the 1970s at Air Force bases and airports across the country, something meant to save lives that may have harmed them instead. The foam contains highly fluorinated chemicals, known as PFCs. It is suspected of causing some cancers and underweight births. …

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The Guam Daily Post: Feds to fund study of toxic chemicals

November 26, 2017

Guam may become one of no less than eight sites containing former or current military bases to be studied for the possible health implications of perfluorinated compounds. About $7 million has been set aside in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act for the study, to be conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. …

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