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Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are More Dangerous Than Once Thought

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sounding the alarm on a group of toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which currently exist in millions of Americans' drinking water, cosmetics, and food packaging. In a new report, the EPA warns that these so-called "forever chemicals" pose a greater danger to human health than regulators previously thought.

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The Dangers of Chrysotile Asbestos and Why the EPA is Taking Action

The Dangers of Chrysotile Asbestos and Why the EPA is Taking Action

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed ban on ongoing uses of chrysotile asbestos, the only form that is still imported into America. This new rule would be issued under TSCA and comes as an outcome of the 2016 Lautenberg Act overhaul which gave EPA more power to regulate chemicals in use today.

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Moves to Regulate

The Biden Administration Moves to Regulate "Forever Chemicals" that We're Exposed to Every Day

The Biden Administration has been making strides in regulating chemicals that threaten the health of millions of Americans. In a historic move on October 18th, 2021—the Biden administration announced that it will begin to regulate a group of long-lasting, human-made chemicals called PFASs (perfluorinated alkyl substances) that are known to cause cancer and other diseases. These chemicals can be found in products such as cosmetics, dental floss, food packaging, clothing, and cleaning supplies.

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PFAS: What You Should Know

PFAS: What You Should Know

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFASs, are a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA (perflourooctanoic acid), PFOS (perflourous sulfonic acid) with many other variations. These were made for various industries around the world including in the United States since the 1940s. The most extensively produced types have been studied more than others but both these chemicals persist to environmental conditions and can accumulate over time - meaning they break down very slowly or not at all within living organisms making them an unsustainable resource which could also lead to adverse human health effects like cancers observed by epidemiologists from different parts of America after decades ago when firefighting foam containing this type was used by the military to extinguish fires.

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