PFAS NEWS FROM AROUND THE U.S. AND THE WORLD

Many states, U.S. government entities and even Denmark are studying PFAS sources, uncovering contamination and deliberating new regulations, while SGS delivers analysis for total compliance. We’re following these PFAS stories and will continue to keep you up-to-date:

Michigan
PFAS Assessment Planned for Northern Kent County, Michigan
The state will assess select households with drinking water wells containing PFAS-contaminated water, performing blood samples and gathering other personal health information.

PFAS Detected in 14 Wells in Robinson Township, Michigan
A school, day care center and residences are among wells tested with PFAS detected in 14 wells. Sources being tested include firefighting foam, undocumented dump sites, a potential biosolid application and materials from a nearby highway construction project.

Could Trace PFAS Levels Found in Metro Detroit Schools, Cities Be Dangerous?
As trace amounts of PFAS are found in more and more Michigan communities and drinking water supplies, a bill which would lower the legally enforceable hard limit of PFAS in public drinking water to 5 parts-per-trillion, has sat in the House National Resources Committee of the Michigan legislature for 11 months.

Georgia-Pacific Begins Investigation to Find Source of PFAS Contamination in Parchment, Michigan Georgia-Pacific, with to the old Parchment Paper Mill, will start an investigation with the state to track down exactly what caused the water contamination in Parchment’s drinking water wells.

Activists Urge Lawmakers to Pass PFAS Drinking Water Standards Before Year’s End
Environmental groups, including the Michigan League of Conservation voters, the National Wildlife Federation and Michigan residents affected by PFAS contamination, called on the U.S. Congress to pass House Bill 5375, which would establish a legally enforceable hard limit of 5 parts-per-trillion (ppt) on PFAS in public drinking water.

Michigan Finds More PFAS in Grayling
PFAS contamination in a northern Michigan community continues to threaten drinking water supplies, two years after two forms of the toxic chemicals were discovered on military installations and spreading off-base.

New York
Drinking Water Panel Recommends Nation-Leading Limits on Pollutants
After missing its statutory October deadline, the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is recommending nation-leading limits on three industrial pollutants in drinking water linked to cancer.

Remedial Steps Begin at Stewart Airport to Stop Spread of Water Contamination
The New York Air National Guard will begin taking interim remedial steps to limit the further spread of PFOS and PFOA in areas around the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY.

Colorado
High Levels of Toxic Chemicals Found in Blood of Colorado Residents
Some residents of El Paso County in Colorado have elevated PFAS levels believed to have leached into an aquifer from firefighting foams once used at Peterson Air Force Base.

U.S. and around the World
Whole Foods Removes Packaging with a Cancer-Linked Chemical from its Stores
Whole Foods Market introduced compostable containers to reduce its environmental footprint, but given new concerns about the possible presence of PFAS, has removed all prepared foods and bakery packaging highlighted in the report.

Perfluorinated Alkyl Acid Analysis by LC-MS/MS Increases Sample Throughput
Dr Shun-Hsin Liang details how rapid perfluorinated alkyl acid analysis by LC-MS/MS increases sample throughput.

High PFAS Concentrations in Cosmetics Found in Denmark EPA Study
The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan domestic organization says the U.S. Congress should step up and change old laws based on a study done in Denmark.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Issues First of Two Opinions on PFAS in Food
EFSA has proposed to revise the tolerable intakes of two chemical contaminants to which humans are exposed through the food chain as a result of environmental pollution. The first is PFAS with the second still to come.

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