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U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: and - July 22, 2021

(*This story was updated at 12:03 p.m. on Thursday, 7/22/21, to correctly note that U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District, was marked ‘non-voting’ on the PFAS bill.) WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water.

PFAS 101: What they are, why it matters | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 17, 2021

These man-made chemicals are used for a variety of purposes, including making waterproof cosmetics, stain-resistant fabrics and carpeting to non-stick cookware. To summarize, they are abundant in our daily lives.

U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation impacting Pa., other states, backers say

BY: - July 15, 2021

“These manufacturers that make tens of billions of dollars selling this chemical, they ought to be the ones paying for cleanup. It should not be borne by the taxpayer, anybody else,” U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said.

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in Pa., nationwide

BY: - June 24, 2021

The bill includes an annual $200 million grant to water utilities and wastewater facilities to treat PFAS over four years.

Suburban Philly activist, local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

BY: - June 9, 2021

An independent panel of scientists found a probable link between exposure to PFOA and PFOS and multiple health problems, such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and testicular and kidney cancer. 

The COVID-19 vaccine could be less effective in people with high PFAS levels in blood

BY: - December 18, 2020

A study of Danish people with COVID-19 showed that those with higher levels of a type of perfluorinated compound, PFBA, in their blood suffered more severe reactions from the virus, as well as a higher death rate.

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PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ are widespread and threaten human health. Here’s a strategy for protecting the public | Analysis

BY: - October 12, 2020

PFAS chemicals are toxic, widespread and persistent in the environment, and the federal government has been slow to regulate them. A scientist explains why evaluating them one by one isn't working.

Lawmakers seeking to crack down on toxic chemicals suffer another setback

BY: - July 21, 2020

The Senate isn’t expected to include a provision creating a national drinking standard in its version of the bill.

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick, Houlahan make another push to crack down on toxic PFAS chemicals

BY: - July 1, 2020

Federal lawmakers from Pennsylvania and other states are making another push to crack down on a widespread class of “forever chemicals” linked to cancer.

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New report finds PFAS exposure much more widespread than previously reported | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 23, 2020

Researchers have found the 'Forever Chemicals' in New York, D.C., and other major cities.

U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic PFAS chemicals; Trump threatens veto

BY: - January 10, 2020

The bill has little prospect of passage in the majority-Republican U.S. Senate. The Trump White House has threatened a veto.