Well water users warned, Air Force Academy finds toxic level of firefighting chemical

Well water users warned after Air Force Academy finds toxic level of firefighting chemical

Air Force Academy firefighters training a quarter century ago released a torrent of toxic perfluorinated chemicals that seeped into groundwater and flowed into Monument Creek, a 15,000-page Air Force report released Friday shows.

A series of tests by Air Force researchers showed groundwater had 1,000 times the level of perfluorinated compounds considered safe by state and federal regulators. Records on the training that used firefighting foam loaded with the chemicals … [more…]

U.S. drinking water supply mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

The US drinking water supply is mostly safe, but that’s not good enough

Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge.

For example, on May 6 researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University reported that 43 states have sites where water is contaminated with toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS. And many farm workers in California’s Central … [more…]

Federal Report: PFCs More Dangerous Than Previously Believed

photo: tap water. Federal Report: PFCs More Dangerous Than Previously Believed

A federal agency has released a long-awaited report suggesting that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are more dangerous to human health than federal standards currently take into account.

News outlets have reported that the White House and the U.S. EPA previously attempted to bury the report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) because it could cause a “public relations nightmare.” ATSDR is an agency within the U.S. Health … [more…]

Citizen Groups Will Sue DuPont and Chemours for Contaminating Drinking Water in North Carolina

Citizen Groups Will Sue DuPont and Chemours for Contaminating Drinking Water in North Carolina

After years of litigation over PFOA, an industrial toxin used to make Teflon and other non-stick and stain-resistant products, in 2009 DuPont introduced GenX. Now the slippery substitute has followed the path of the molecule it replaced, contaminating water near plants in West Virginia and North Carolina, and attracting its own intense legal interest.

The lawsuits over PFOA exposed the chemical’s links to several diseases, including kidney and testicular cancer.

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New Jersey Sets First Binding State Limits for Perfluorinated Chemicals in Drinking Water

photo: New Jersey Sets First Binding State Limits for Perfluorinated Chemicals in Drinking Water

Regulators adopt strictest standards in the nation.

Photo: Groundwater in Salem County, New Jersey, has been contaminated by perfluorinated chemicals from industrial manufacturing facilities. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Besides lead, no contaminant in drinking water has provoked as loud a public outcry in the last two years in the United States as a class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds. New Jersey regulators are taking the strongest action to

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