CNN: Study: Public water supply is unsafe for millions of Americans

August 9 2016

For their new study, Hu, Blum and their colleagues examined more than 36,000 water samples collected by the Environmental Protection Agency between 2013 and 2015. The researchers discovered that 66 public water supplies serving 6 million Americans had at least one water sample that measured at or above the EPA recommended safety limit of 70 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid, two types of PFASs. Newark, Delaware, and Warminster, Pennsylvania, showed particularly high concentration levels.…

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Forty years later TSCA gets an overhaul

In June, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (TSCA reform, hereafter), a revision to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA. The amended law removes several roadblocks that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced when trying to determine the safety of chemicals in household products. There are significant improvements and some drawbacks concerning the revisions…

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Chemical Watch: PFCs in drinking water link to human blood levels

June 15 2016

Californian researchers have found a possible link between blood levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), in the general population, and concentrations in drinking water. Meanwhile, eating fish from PFC-contaminated waters may also…

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The New York Times: Tainted-Water Worries Spread to Vermont Village

March 14 2016

Above the Walloomsac River, where ramshackle farmhouses sit just downhill from tidy homes with organic gardens out back, the old ChemFab plant was, for many, a respected local employer from the days when this village’s prosperity depended on industry. For others, it was an eyesore and a nuisance, its smokestacks choking their homes with an acrid smell that seemed to cause headaches, sore throats and nosebleeds. But since the plant shut down more than a dozen years ago, few had given a thought to its environmental legacy. In recent weeks, however…

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Environmental exposures and health impacts of fluorinated chemicals

Speakers: Christopher Lau, PhD and Andrew Lindstrom, PhD
Lead Research Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA); Scientist, US EPA

Event: BIFMA Healthy Furniture Workshop: An Investigation into Stain-Repellants and Antimicrobials

December 3, 2015

Riverview Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA…

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