PFAS in food packaging: A hot, greasy exposure

First, there was DDT. Then came BPA. The latest chemical acronym to become a household name is PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. All PFAS persist in the environment, and some of those found in food packaging are also bioaccumulative and harmful to humans.

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Maine task force recommends more widespread water testing for ‘forever chemicals’

But members split over a proposal to allow the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to order cleanup of contaminated sites.

Hidden gotcha in artificial turf installations

When school systems, universities and colleges, or local governments choose to install artificial turf fields, they seem all bright, shiny green and clean. How many of those buyers pay attention to the endgame—the disposing of many tons of hazardous waste?

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‘Dark Waters’ review: Mark Ruffalo in a gripping corporate exposé

What does a rabble-rousing, fight-the-power, ripped-from-the-headlines corporate-conspiracy whistleblower drama look like in the Trump era? It looks like Todd Haynes' “Dark Waters" exposé of DuPont's poisoning of West Virginia with perfluorinated compounds.


Firefighting foam leaves toxic legacy in Californians’ drinking water

The Bethany Slavic Missionary Church's well is one of thousands of water sources located on and near military bases polluted with chemicals from perfluorinated foam, which was used by the armed services since the 1960s. Church leaders boasted it was the cleanest water in Sacramento. Whoops.

Anniversary of north Alabama water investigation: millions paid, illegal chemical releases, halted production

In the last 365 days, there have been numerous developments regarding 3M's Decatur plant.

Michigan Dems press Congress to address PFAS in defense bill

A group of House members from Michigan is hoping a family of ubiquitous chemicals, contaminating drinking water across their state, will be cleaned up and restricted through a national defense bill—but they’re also considering an alternative.

Senate panel would force EPA to regulate PFAS in drinking water

A Senate committee unanimously approved legislation June 19 that would force the EPA to set new standards for a prevalent nonstick chemical in drinking water.

Inside a corporate giant’s fight to thwart a massive pollution tab

From questioning the science to donating to political campaigns, 3M is going all out to avoid liability for water contamination plaguing more than 1,500 communities.
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