"@type": "ListItem", Though regulators have been aware of the PFAS crisis for some time, the federal EPA’s plan to address PFAS contamination falls far short of what’s needed to protect communities. And tell your elected officials to support reform of regulations that allow potentially harmful, but inadequately studied, chemicals into cosmetics and personal care products.”. However, it’s likely that it will be reintroduced in the new Congress. .wpb_default, if ( -1 !== navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Mac OS X') ) { Compounds historically or currently used to make Teflon, Scotchgard, Gore-Tex, microwave popcorn bags, fast food wrappers and hundreds of other products have polluted people, animals, drinking water and the environment worldwide. Color of foam (bright white/off white/other). .tds-button2:before, .woocommerce-checkout .woocommerce input.button:hover, background-color: #1e73be; background: none #1e73be; A Department of Defense report released in March 2020 shows that more than 600 military sites and surrounding communities could be contaminated with PFAS. .td-post-small-box a:hover, color: #1e73be !important; } ▪ If you share the story on social media, please mention WIExaminer on Twitter and wisconsinexaminer on Facebook. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), PFAS compounds can accumulate in surface waters, resembling a sticky shaving cream-like substance. var td_magnific_popup_translation_tCounter="%curr% of %total%"; If you have health questions about PFAS or foam, call the MDHHS hotline at 800‑648‑6942. The official test results are back, says the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and they confirm that the foam collected along Starkweather Creek, near Olbrich Boat Launch contains that PFAS (per- and polyfluroalkyl substances). Our greatest concern is that incidental ingestion, especially for young children. .sf-menu > li:hover > a:after, #bbpress-forums button:hover, } if ( navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Edge") > -1 ) { .vc_tta-container .vc_tta-color-grey.vc_tta-tabs-position-top.vc_tta-style-classic .vc_tta-tabs-container .vc_tta-tab.vc_active > a, background-color: rgba(30, 115, 190, 0.7); ▪ You can publish our graphics and any photos that are credit to Wisconsin Examiner with the stories with which they originally appeared. } Sign up -- and tell your friends to sign up, too. .dropcap3, .wpb_default:hover, flex-direction: inherit; "He lives on ‘PFAS Lane.”. View an interactive table of the results by using the button below. .woocommerce-account .woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation a:hover, .td_block_template_9 .td-block-title:after, Why does naturally occurring foam appear? background-color: #267339 !important; .td-header-top-menu .td-drop-down-search .td_module_wrap:hover .entry-title a, this.id = ''; background-color: #1e73be; .woocommerce .checkout input#place_order:hover, .woocommerce .product a.button:hover, We take on many of the biggest environmental and health challenges of our time and stick with them. Currents and boats also mix air with the organic compounds in the water to produce naturally occurring foam. PFOA and its close chemical cousin PFOS, formerly an ingredient in 3M’s Scotchgard, were phased out under pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency after revelations that secret internal company studies showed they caused cancer and birth defects in lab animals, built up in people’s bodies and did not break down in the environment…, Besides PTFE, EWG identified an alphabet soup of other fluorinated chemicals in the personal care products we assessed – PFH, OFPMA, PFD and others. Obtaining medical monitoring for communities impacted by PFAS contamination. .td_category_template_8 .td-category-header .td-category a.td-current-sub-category, .td-read-more a, .woocommerce .woocommerce-message .button:hover, this.block_type = 1; //block type id (1-234 etc) And it’s not just in makeup: PFASs were also found in sunscreen, shampoo and shaving cream… The presence of PFASs and many other potentially harmful chemicals in the products we put on our bodies is a deeply concerning consequence of the antiquated federal regulations governing the safety of cosmetics and personal care products. var tds_header_style="10"; “You need to tune your message and be more clear, and say, ‘don’t take this to mean don’t swim in the lake,’ because that’s what everyone is thinking.”. .tdm-menu-active-style5 .td-header-menu-wrap .sf-menu > li > a:hover, .block-title > a, Wisconsin Examiner is part of States Newsroom, a network of news outlets supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Eliminating PFAS from consumer products not only reduces demand for production, it protects our air and water from contamination. .td-header-wrap .black-menu .sf-menu > .sfHover > a, .td-post-template-11 .td-related-title .td-related-left:hover, PFAS don’t easily break down, and they can persist in your body and in the environment for decades.