Are you drinking PFASs?

According to a study by Harvard University, more than 16 million residents in America regularly drink water that is contaminated with toxic chemicals from military and industrial sites. The toxic chemicals in question are poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances – also known as PFASs.

Typically used in fire retardants, oil & water repellents, furniture, waterproof clothes and non-stick cookware, the high number of PFASs found in drinking water is a concern … [more…]

Members of Congress to question EPA, DoD on ‘forever chemicals’

video screenshot: Exposure to some types of PFAS linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages, developmental issues, and cancer.

Video screenshot, click link below to view: Exposure to some types of PFAS linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages, developmental issues, and cancer.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are increasingly raising concerns the government has not done enough to handle chemical contamination from military bases, airports and industrial sites around the country.

In the first of several expected hearings targeting the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump … [more…]

Dioxane detected in Ann Arbor drinking water from Barton Pond for first time

Dioxane detected in Ann Arbor drinking water from Barton Pond for first time

ANN ARBOR, MI – Recent lab tests at Ann Arbor’s water treatment plant indicated 1,4-dioxane in the city’s surface water supply and in the finished drinking water.

Results from samples collected Feb. 6 estimated concentrations of 0.061 parts per billion at the city’s intake in Barton Pond and 0.030 ppb in the treated drinking water.

The city released the results on Friday, March 1, saying it’s important to let city … [more…]

Green water-purification system works without heavy metals or corrosive chemicals

Green water-purification system works without heavy metals or corrosive chemicals

This photo shows a concentrator where samples were placed. Credit: Dan Wang

Scientists at the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and Yangzhou University (YZU) in Jiangsu have developed an effective and energy-efficient technique for purifying water by using graphitic carbon nitride sheets.

Their prototype, presented February 7 in the journal Chem, purified pathogen-rich water in 30 min, killing over 99.9999% of … [more…]

Firefighting foam linked to water contamination across Massachusetts

photo: Firefighting foam linked to PFAS water contamination

State environmental officials are tracking an emerging threat to drinking water across Massachusetts linked to a firefighting foam used at military installations and airports.

“Back in 2012, 2013 we started showing these contaminates” said Dan Santos, director of the Barnstable Department of Public Works.

Testing revealed toxic levels of chemicals in the soil at the county fire and rescue training academy, only a few hundred yards from the town’s watershed. … [more…]