PFAS chemicals reach remote oceans and accumulate in whales, dolphins, and other ocean life

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Scientists studying the ‘forever chemicals’ say this trend is concerning.

New report underscores cost impact of PFAS on POTWs, biosolids facilities

Read the full story at Water Finance & Management.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has released a new report by CDM Smith in collaboration with NACWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) that quantifies the cost impacts of PFAS policies and regulations at 29 publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and biosolids management facilities mainly located in the New England region but also in several other states throughout the country.

The report presents a comprehensive analysis of an in-depth survey created to help quantify these costs and operational impacts.

Phasing out is not enough — the problem with fluorinated chemicals in wildlife

Read the full story at The Hill.

During a time of cultural and political polarization, a class of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, may be one of the few commonalities shared by all Americans. These human-created industrial chemicals are found in the blood of 99 percent of U.S. adults, as well as babies in the womb and children

But PFAS pollution isn’t limited to humans. A recent study by our group looked for 36 new and already banned types of PFAS in juvenile seabirds from three U.S. East Coast habitats near and far from human sources of these chemicals. We found high levels of a particular type of well-known PFAS, called PFOS, in every bird. PFOS was also found at high levels when U.S. East Coast seabirds were last surveyed for PFAS around 2001. However, PFOS was phased out of production in the U.S. in 2002, and listed for international regulation by the Stockholm Convention in 2009

But here’s the rub: finding this decommissioned chemical in these birds was not a surprise to us. Even today PFOS remains the most commonly found PFAS in wildlife from remote places like the Arctic as well as in wildlife living adjacent to human populations. 

Baby doll heads, bizarre bottles, and other river booty

Read the full story from the Illinois Natural History Survey.

When working in rivers, the opportunities to stumble upon eerie, creepy sights are endless.

Searching for freshwater mussels is kind of unnerving in-and-of-itself, as you submerge yourself in murky water up to your neck to grub around the sometimes icky, gooey streambed for clams, but the holy grail is a severed doll head. 

Data Points: the environmental injustice of lead lines in Illinois

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People of color in Illinois are up to twice as likely as White Illinoisans to live in the communities where almost all of Illinois’ lead service lines are located.

The Town Of Asbestos, Quebec, Chooses A New, Less Hazardous Name

Read the full story from NPR.

The residents of Asbestos, Quebec, have selected a new name. Going forward, the town will be known as Val-des-Sources — valley of the springs — rather than the name of the carcinogenic mineral mined in the town until 2011.

This pen is so eco-friendly, you can eat the ink

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Americans toss 1.6 billion pens a year. This pen could help curb that disastrous waste.

Books fill the aisles at this supermarket turned library

Read the full story at I Love Libraries.

When locals head to the former Merchants’ Square supermarket in Carmel, Indiana, they’re not stocking up on groceries. Instead, they’re there to check out books from the temporarily relocated Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL), which has ingeniously repurposed the vacant store space to house their collection while their main branch is under renovation.

2020 could be a record year for U.S. wind turbine installations

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration.

According to data collected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), project developers expect more than 23 gigawatts (GW) of wind turbine generating capacity to come online in the United States in 2020, far more than the previous record of 13.2 GW added in 2012. Only 5.0 GW of capacity has come online in the first eight months of this year, according to EIA’s Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, but as is typical with wind turbine installations, most of the annual capacity additions come online in the final months of the year. Another 18.5 GW plan to come online in September through December, according to project timelines reported to EIA by power plant owners and developers.

The Retailer’s Guide to Safer Chemicals and Materials

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Retailers need to move beyond regulatory compliance if they are to meet customer expectations for safer chemicals in products, respond to investor inquiries, and achieve favorable profiles in rankings by advocacy groups.

But, “There are thousands of chemicals out there – where and how do we begin?” The Retailer’s Guide to Safter Chemicals & Materials answers this question – and more.