Congress opens the door for fluorine-free firefighting foams

On October 5, federal legislation was enacted which will allow commercial airports in the U.S. to use firefighting foams without PFAS.  Until now, FAA rules have required airports to use firefighting foams that meet the U.S. military’s specification, which requires the use of PFAS.  Firefighting foam is a major source of PFAS contamination, so this should mean healthier drinking water for those living near airports.…

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On America Recycles Day, What Goes Around Comes Around, & It Might Be Toxic

Thursday, November 15 is America Recycles Day, when we celebrate the individuals, recycling companies, and governments that are diverting millions of pounds of materials otherwise headed to landfills.
But there can be a hidden danger in recycling. For example, millions of pounds of toxic flame retardants are added to furniture foam, plastic TV cases and other electronics. Recycled plastic containing flame retardants can end up in unlikely and undesirable places. Flame retardants have been found in lunch boxes, children’s toys, and even soup ladles. What’s worse, they can move from the ladle into the broth, making “toxic chemical soup” less of a metaphor and more of a frightening reality.…

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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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89.3 KPCC Public Radio: Defense bill could lead to more regulation of chemicals in some SoCal drinking water

November 22, 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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Aerial fire retardants: It’s raining red

A wet winter followed by record heat this summer have contributed to one of California’s worst-ever fire seasons. In the month of October alone, thousands of structures have been destroyed in fires in Northern California as more than ten separate wildfires have burned across the state. Firefighters have literally worked around the clock; and over the course of just five days, more than two million gallons of fire retardant were dropped in California in an effort to control the blazes.…

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