PFAS in Fluorinated Containers

To address the growing threat of PFAS from fluorinated containers, PEER has been engaged in ongoing litigation against Inhance Technologies. Fluorinated containers are found in everything from household to industrial products the the fluorination process is responsible for the creation of PFAS chemicals that can leach into the products from the containers.

Read the latest: PEER and CEH Applaud EPA’s Decision to Protect People from PFAS that Leach from Plastic Containers

 

Forever Chemicals Everywhere

PEER works to protect public health and wildlife from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Unfortunately, the absence of enforceable federal health and environmental standards for PFAS poses a significant and growing threat to our health, water, and soil. A key cause for concern is that these so-called “forever chemicals” do not break down in the environment, many of which are toxic, and some bio-accumulate in the food chain — and in us.

PFAS are used as fire retardants and repellents; in consumer products, such as furniture, take-out containers, and non-stick cookware; and have many other applications. Human exposure to PFAS is associated with cancer, birth defects, developmental damage to infants, and impaired functioning of the liver, kidneys, and immune system.

Yet, an estimated 200 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with PFAS, and PFAS have also been found in grocery store meats, milk, seafood, bottled water, as well as in wild fish and game. Studies have also found PFAS in the bloodstream of 99% of Americans.

Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knows of about 13,000 types of PFAS, it has only proposed drinking water limits on sixPFAS in drinking water and two PFAS under the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program Much more needs to be done.

PEER is urging EPA to regulate PFAS as a class of chemicals and to classify waste contaminated with PFAS as a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), so that it can be more safely managed during generation, transportation, and disposal. In addition, PEER continues to expose how EPA violates its own scientific integrity norms and guidance in approving PFAS chemicals for use. We also work vigorously to release to the public information on PFAS that EPA tries to keep hidden from the public.

PFAS News and Resources

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NEWS FROM PEER

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Public Health Groups File Petition to Compel EPA to Remove PFAS Immediately from Fluorinated Plastic Containers

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PFAS Must Be Treated as a Class; Chemical-By-Chemical Approach is Futile

Comment – EPA Proposed Rule on PFAS – 4-8-2024 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Written comments to EPA regarding proposed rule listing only certain PFAS as hazardous ...

Flawed Fifth Circuit Decision Leaves Public Exposed to Toxic PFAS

Environmental Groups Vow to Fight On

PFAS in Artificial Turf Coats Players’ Skin

Dermal Uptake Little Examined Exposure Pathway for Toxic PFAS

Comment – Candidates for SACC – 3-1-2024 (PDF)

DESCRIPTION: Written comments to EPA regarding candidates under consideration for appointment to the Science ...

Remove Forever Chemicals from Biosolid Fertilizers

PFAS Absorbed in Plants Are Major Exposure Pathway into our Food Chain

PEERMail | PEER Sues EPA to Uncover Toxic Health and Safety Data

One of the most important things we do is sue government agencies when they refuse to release important ...
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