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New tests find widespread PFAS drinking water contamination

Drinking water in dozens of cities across the U.S. is contaminated with toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), according to a new study, and the contamination appears to be more widespread than previously thought. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a…

Massachusetts poised to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

Perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs—a group of toxic chemicals linked with health issues such as cancer, immune system problems, and thyroid disease—will likely be subject to new regulations in Massachusetts in 2020. In mid-December, the commonwealth of Massachusetts proposed new draft rules that…

Examining the health effects of PFAS water contamination

A new nationwide federal study launched in fall 2019 is examining the health effects of drinking water contaminated with chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which have been linked with health issues including some types of cancer, immune system problems, high cholesterol, and…

Understanding the risks of ‘forever chemicals’

News about a family of toxic synthetic chemicals called PFASs—“per- and polyfluoralkyl substances”—has recently been making headlines in New England. In Connecticut, PFASs were found to be leaching out of landfills in Hartford and Ellington. In Massachusetts, a Lowell wastewater facility was…

A primer on ‘forever chemicals’

There’s been more and more news lately about the presence of “forever chemicals” in the environment. These widely used chemicals—whose technical name is “per- and polyfluoralkyl substances,” or PFASs—remain in the environment for thousands or even millions of years and have the…

PFASs found in some Massachusetts schools

Significant amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—toxic chemicals known as PFASs—have been found in the drinking water of some schools in Massachusetts. High levels of the chemicals turned up in schools in Stow and several other communities after targeted testing by the…

Op-ed: Questioning the use of a toxic pesticide

The pesticide chlorpyrifos, a chemical cousin of nerve agents used in World War II, has been shown to impede brain development in children. But the Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump recently decided to reject an Obama-era plan to ban the pesticide.…