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Recent California Water News



Jan 12, 2020

The PFAS and the furious: the new and deserved scrutiny on the ‘forever chemicals’:  “Recently, PFAS has received a growing amount of attention — and scrutiny — from everyone from environmental groups to the mainstream media, and its story continues to unfold. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new PFAS bill that’s designed to manage this class of cancer-linked chemicals leaching into the water supply, which the White House subsequently announced that President Donald Trump likely would veto.  Given its well-deserved time in the limelight, I thought it would be helpful to ground this conversation in context and explore some implications for circularity. … ”  Read more from GreenBiz here: The PFAS and the furious: the new and deserved scrutiny on the ‘forever chemicals’

Forever litigated ‘forever chemicals’: a guide to PFAS in courts:  “Court dockets are ballooning with litigation over PFAS, a vexing family of chemicals used in many consumer and industrial products.  Some types of the man-made per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are called “forever chemicals,” a shorthand for their ability to build up and stick around indefinitely in people and the environment.  Health risks of some types of PFAS have become clearer in recent years, prompting a rush to the courtroom by people exposed to the chemicals, utilities dealing with contamination, and shareholders facing the financial risks. … ”  Read more from Bloomberg Environmental here: Forever litigated ‘forever chemicals’: a guide to PFAS in courts

House passes PFAS chemicals bill to push water standards:  “House lawmakers passed a bill Friday for U.S. regulators to designate chemicals found in cooking spray, cosmetics and other grease-resistant products as health hazards.  Known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluorooctanoic substances (PFAS and PFOS), the chemicals have been found in groundwater sites across the nation. The Environmental Working Group — an activist group focused on research advocacy of toxic chemicals — released a study in November that found nearly 110 million Americans had been drinking PFAS-contaminated water. … ”  Read more from Courthouse News Service here:  House passes PFAS chemicals bill to push water standards