forever chemicals

How to Destroy a ‘Forever Chemical’ – Scientists Are Discovering (Slowly) Ways to Eliminate PFAS

How to Destroy a ‘Forever Chemical’ – Scientists Are Discovering (Slowly) Ways to Eliminate PFAS

By A. Daniel Jones and Hui Li PFAS chemicals seemed like a good idea at first. As Teflon, they made pots easier to clean starting in the 1940s. They made jackets waterproof and carpets stain-resistant. Food wrappers, firefighting foam, even makeup seemed better with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Then tests started detecting PFAS in people’s […]

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    Toxic Forever Chemicals Found in Michigan Beef

    Toxic Forever Chemicals Found in Michigan Beef

    Toxic forever chemicals have been found in beef grown on a Michigan farm.  An ongoing state investigation into the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in biosolids that end up fertilizing animal feed revealed that beef from Grostic Cattle Co. in Brighton, Michigan was contaminated with 1.9 parts per billion of the PFAS known […]

    Toxic Forever Chemicals Found in Almost 75 Percent of Stain and Waterproof Gear Sold by Major Retailers

    Toxic Forever Chemicals Found in Almost 75 Percent of Stain and Waterproof Gear Sold by Major Retailers

    Nearly three-quarters of water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic forever chemicals, a new report has found.  Public health and environmental organization Toxic-Free Future tested 60 products from 10 major retailers. Of 47 products labeled stain-or water-resistant, 72 percent of them tested positive for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), chemicals known for their persistence in the […]

    Forever Chemicals Found in Popular Anti-Fog Sprays and Cloths

    Forever Chemicals Found in Popular Anti-Fog Sprays and Cloths

    New research has revealed the presence of toxic forever chemicals in yet another product: the anti-fogging sprays and cloths that people are using more and more frequently to keep their glasses from clouding over while wearing face masks. A Duke University-led research team found two types of under-studied per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in nine of the top-rated anti-fogging sprays and cloths sold on Amazon.

    Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

    Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

    A new analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that forever chemicals are even more toxic than previously thought. The agency announced Tuesday that it was asking its Scientific Advisory Board to review draft scientific documents about the health impacts of two types of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane […]

    Maine Becomes First U.S. State to Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Products

    Maine Becomes First U.S. State to Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Products

    By Jenna McGuire Maine enacted a groundbreaking law on Thursday, banning the use of so-called “forever chemicals” in all products by 2030, except in instances deemed “currently unavoidable.” Maine is the first state in the U.S. and first government in the world to implement a ban on the toxic chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl, known as […]

    Lowe’s Joins Home Depot to Tackle Toxic PFAS in Carpets

    Lowe’s Joins Home Depot to Tackle Toxic PFAS in Carpets

    In a win for public health, the home improvement giant Lowe’s announced that it will stop selling carpets and rugs containing toxic PFAS chemicals in the United States and Canada by January 2020. Home Depot recently made a similar commitment, signaling that stores are starting to take this health crisis seriously. “Lowe’s is making home […]