August 17, 2023
NYT: Forever Chemicals are everywhere, what are they doing to us?
The New York Times Magazine’s long form analysis of PFAS, with descriptions of how Philippe Grandjean and colleagues conducted 2012 research that showed, at levels currently in human blood, PFAS suppressed mmune systems and could make vaccines ineffective. A few powerful quotes from this must-read article: The problem of PFAS pollution goes beyond drinking water: The Faroe Islands demonstrate as much. PFAS is entering the environment — plants, animals and people — through many routes. “I’ve heard some people say, ‘Well,…
August 17, 2023
Guardian: EPA releases water testing results for 2000 drinking water suppliers
On August 17, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released initial reports from the 5th Unregulated Contaminated Monitoring Rule for 29 PFAS and lithium. EPA tested approximately 2,000 water systems. It found one or more PFAS in 431 water systems and PFOA and PFOS in 220 water systems. This first round of testing affects just 7% of drinking water systems that the EPA will test between 2023-5, with final results available in 2026. See https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/aug/17/pfas-us-drinking-water-contaminated-forever-chemicals-epa for more details.
August 16, 2023
CNN: USGS study finds 45% of US drinking water has PFAS
On July 6, 2023, CNN reported on a recent US Geological (USGS) Survey study that found almost half of tap water in the United States is contaminated by per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). USGS scientists indicated that the study might actually underestimate the nation’s water contamination problem, because the agency analyzed water for just 32 of the over 12,000 known PFAS. The USGS study is the most comprehensive analysis to date of PFAS in the nation’s water supply. From 2016-2021, USGS…
June 9, 2023
Possible PFAS settlements of over 10 billion may not be enough, say 22 AGs
Across the county, states and municipalities are suing major manufacturers of PFAS and PFAS-containing firefighting foam. On June 3, 2023, Bloomberg Law reported that 3M company had reached a tentative settlement of $10 billion to settle legal claims from a multi-district case. Separately, Dupont de Nemours Inc., Chemours Company and Corteva Inc announced a proposed $1.19 billion settlement. While the proposed settlements would be the largest ever in a case against PFAS manufacturers, the funds may not be enough to…
June 9, 2023
New York Times: Three “Forever Chemicals” Manufacturers Settle Public Water Lawsuits
On June 2, 2023, the New York Times reported that Chemours, DuPont and Corteva had tentatively reached an agreement to pay $1.9 billion to settle claims agains the companies for contaminating drinking water. The monies would be put into clean up fund Separately, Bloomberg News also reported on Friday that 3M had a tentative settlement of over $10 billion with states and cities that have sued the company for its role in contaminating water. Both of these settlements must be…