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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…

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…

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…

Climate-driven disasters may stir up toxins

Disasters such as floods and fires, intensified by climate change in recent years, may be making people in the U.S. sick. These sorts of disasters can dislodge chemicals from the ground, from homes, and from industrial waste sites,…

Curbing the use of ‘forever’ chemicals

July 18, 2019 – Philippe Grandjean is an adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard Chan School who studies per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—man-made chemicals used in products ranging from carpets to nonstick cookware to firefighting foams—and is co-director…

High lead levels found in rubber playground surfaces

Rubber surface material on playgrounds may be exposing children to unsafe lead levels, according to a recent study. Researchers examined lead levels in the soil, sand, mulch, or rubber surfaces in 28 Boston playgrounds. They found that rubber…

Sludge used as fertilizer could be toxic; ban sought

Public health experts say that Maine should ban the use of municipal sludge as fertilizer after dangerous levels of toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, were found at a farm near Portland where the sludge…