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Nantucket airport lawsuit blames manufacturers for PFAS contamination

Nantucket Memorial Airport, which is now paying to clean nearby drinking water contaminated by its decades of using PFAS-containing firefighting foam, has filed a lawsuit against the constellation of high-profile global companies that made and sold the products.

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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

As evidence mounts that hamburger wrappers and other kinds of grease-proof packaging contaminate food with PFAS, states have started banning the toxic chemicals from food packaging.

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Originals

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

The scientific community has known for decades that a group of widely-used chemicals is causing health harms across the globe, but effective policies aimed at curbing those impacts lag far behind the research, according to a new study.

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Toxics

‘Forever chemicals’: The hidden threat from the toxic PFAS on your shelf

PFAS are used in paints, food packaging and even cosmetics. We know they are in our water, air, soil and bodies – but less about how they will affect us.

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Toxics

What contaminants lurk in the UK's drinking water? An expert explains

Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across the UK.

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Toxics

EPA to propose first-ever 'forever chemical' discharge limits

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that it will propose a rule to set the first-ever limits on the amount of chemicals called PFAS can be discharged. 
Justice

Tennessee River cleanup lawsuit against 3M, Decatur, Morgan County nears settlement deadline

The lawsuit filed in 2016 alleges 3M and other chemical makers in the Decatur, AL, area contaminated the Tennessee River with PFAs chemicals produced at their sites.

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Alfombras tóxicas: Estudio revela presencia de químicos ″eternos″ en el aire interior de hogares y escuelas

Los PFAS, también conocidos como "sustancias químicas eternas", se han asociado a una amplia gama de daños graves para la salud, desde el cáncer hasta la infertilidad y los problemas del sistema inmunitario.
Toxics

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate indoor air at worrying levels, study finds

Toxic PFAS compounds are contaminating the air inside homes, classrooms and stores at alarming levels, a new study has found.

Justice

Okinawa governor condemns Marine Corps for releasing tainted water into public system

Gov. Denny Tamaki said he learned the Marines were releasing potentially contaminated water at about the time it was being done.
Toxics

'A hodgepodge': Draft PFAS assessment plan for Barnstable fire academy plume is inadequate

The now-shuttered Barnstable County Fire and Rescue Training Academy is one of the most PFAS-polluted sites in the state, if not the country, according to hydrogeologist Tom Cambareri.

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Toxics

‘Forever chemicals’ from Navy lab flowing into the Chesapeake Bay

The Navy disclosed recently that it has found high levels of so-called "forever chemicals" in soil, groundwater, and streams — not only on the base but beyond its fence line.

Toxics

How widespread are PFAS chemicals? Connecticut officials are about to find out

Connecticut's health and environmental agencies believe there are pockets of contamination hiding throughout the state.

Toxics

PFAS found in Camp Grayling stormwater runoff; public meeting planned

State and military officials said they found toxic PFAS chemicals in stormwater runoff from Camp Grayling that spills directly into Crawford County’s Lake Margrethe.
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Toxics

Advocates criticize military, state on PFAS; tour of old Wurtsmith AFB followed by documentary screening

A group of environmental advocates accused state and military authorities of lackluster response to legacy PFAS contamination, and pointed to a former nuclear bomber base near Lake Huron as Michigan's prime example.

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Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

Global study: Wildfire smoke kills people in cities far from fires

Guatemala, Thailand, and Paraguay had the highest proportion of estimated annual deaths from wildfire smoke.

Peter Dykstra: Climate renouncers

As surely as day follows night, many GOP leaders renounced previous concerns they had about climate change. Will this odd rite of passage end any time soon?

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