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California announces bold public health goals for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water

Today the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, or OEHHA, proposed bold new limits to regulate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in drinking water.

Senate committee adopts amendment to address 'forever chemicals' in defense spending bill

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022 to address the testing and cleanup of toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as...

Landmark bipartisan PFAS Action Act passes House

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to protect all Americans from the harmful “ forever chemicals ” known as PFAS.

UPDATE: Detection of toxic PFAS chemicals increases to 2,790 communities

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS have now been detected in nearly 2,800 communities, including 2,411 drinking water systems and 328 military installations, according to an analysis by the...

Twelvefold increase in suspected industrial dischargers of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group today released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that...

EWG applauds House for advancing bill to limit PFAS discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the House for advancing bipartisan legislation to limit industrial discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into drinking water.

EWG applauds House bill to set deadlines for military facilities to clean up ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) for introducing legislation to set cleanup deadlines for Defense Department facilities contaminated with the toxic...

PFAS Action Act clears Key House committee

Today, the House Energy and Commerce advanced the PFAS Action Act, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly reduce and remediate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

GAO: ‘Forever chemicals’ cleanup costs for Defense Department sites will increase ‘significantly’

A new Government Accountability Office report finds the expected cost of cleaning up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from Defense Department installations will “likely increase...

PFAS Action Act clears House energy committee

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee advanced the PFAS Action Act, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly reduce and remediate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...

EPA chemical office takes three actions on ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention today announced three actions to protect the public from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Federal appeals court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide banned in more than 100 countries

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia this week rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

EWG applauds bills to set deadlines, provide resources for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’ at military facilities

EWG today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) for introducing legislation to set cleanup deadlines and provide resources for Defense Department facilities...

In parts of the U.S., it’s raining PFAS

Preliminary data from a joint Environmental Protection Agency and Canada monitoring network show rainwater in the Great Lakes region contains alarming levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...

EWG applauds bill to limit PFAS discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) for leading efforts to limit discharges into drinking water supplies of the toxic...

California Assembly approves bill to sharply reduce lead leaching from water faucets and fixtures

Today a bill to sharply reduce lead leaching from water faucets and fixtures passed the California Assembly. If it becomes law, it will create the nation’s most legally stringent lead leaching limit...

Biden EPA reverses Trump ‘secret science’ rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today officially reversed the former Trump administration’s controversial “secret science” rule that prevented the agency from relying on the most up-to-date...

Minnesota appeals court ignores threat to Pineland Sands communities’ water and health

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will not reverse the state’s decision to allow more irrigation permits in the Pineland Sands region, despite the lack of full environmental review – a ruling that clears...

EPA creates new PFAS council, narrows exemption for new PFAS

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan announced the creation of a new council to accelerate and coordinate efforts to reduce and remediate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...

Medical monitoring bill will provide justice for victims of ‘forever chemicals’

Today, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) introduced bicameral legislation to allow people exposed to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...
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