TIMELINE for PFOS and PFOS perfluorinated chemicals
Compiled by FAN's Pesticide Project :

http://www.fluoridealert.org/wp-content/pesticides/effect.pfos.class.timeline.htm

Chronology of Events in ARTICLES:

2006 DuPont Comments Response to Petition to Expedite Consideration of PFOA under Proposition 65 Stanley W. Landfair November 16, 2006 https://oehha.ca.gov/media/downloads/proposition-65/presentation/pfoapresentationall121206.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1MSIp0V6hUrYFv3Y8MRjVyscyPw7EH5RggKcTVNhLc-4nyVwsOT7-jBD8

2015

Industrial Fire Journal, “Six Year PFOA Reprieve for Firefighters’ Protective Clothing” https://cswab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Industrial-Fire-Journal-Six-year-PFOA-Reprieve-for-Gear-2015.pdf thank you CSWAB.

2016

In 2016, the AFFF issue was not even on my radar. We were so far removed from it. I didn’t want to touch it. The PPE issue was more than I could handle. I would soon learn that the two were inseparable. They morphed together just by the nature that firefighters use AFFF and wear PPE. This is the story of Michael Strouss, of Wright Patterson AFB. He would be permantely injured by AFFF. His Local 88 President Brian Grubb would then go on to fight for recognition and awareness for FFs for PFAS exposure. In 2019 Local 88 President Brian Grubb would successfully accomplish the difficult task of securing PFAS serum testing for his Local.

9.13.2016 https://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/firefighting-afff-foam-under-fire-as-health-risk-to-firefighters-public/

………. searching for answers… 1600 ? attempts to contact fire service leaders, locals, ff cancer support groups, nfpa, chiefs, iaff leaders, politicians, etc., so few replies.. no one knew anything… Finally after harassing Jon Marr , Editor of Station Pride https://station-pride.com/ , sending him a ridiculously long article I had written and his own research to verify my claims, he agreed to publish this first article. ‘Were it not for Jon Marr and his bravery to step into the abyss with me I might still be swinging punches in thin air…’ dc

2017

3.28.2017 Station Pride, “The Real Cancer in Your Gear” https://station-pride.com/2017/03/28/the-real-cancer-in-your-gear/

5.1.2017 IAFF Statement on PFOA and Turnout Gear https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/fbe7dd_cc4b2d5a744b4b1f8ca967ab94a64978.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0VaNvoMuXM36B7q-6Mz_TrhCEtA3gzvSJCb82RDAGTJOHdz2qAiqydDKc

9.5.2017 Environmental Attorney Bilott sends 195 page letter to EPA, CDC/ATSDR, US Attorney General (then) Jeff Sessions. He, along with Fire Chief Jeffrey Hermes, and C8 Science Panel member Dr Paul Brooks, are demanding ‘PFAS testing and studies for first responders’ due to your occupational exposure of AFFF and PPE. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3988104-Firefighter-Letter.html

9.7.2017 Station Pride, “Fire Gear and PFOA-The Data” https://station-pride.com/2017/09/07/fire-gear-pfoa-the-data-the-real-cancer-in-your-gear-follow-up/

10.2.2017 NH DES Recommends Sampling of Drinking Water Wells at all Fire Stations: https://www4.des.state.nh.us/nh-pfas-investigation/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fire_Department_H20Sample.pdf

10.7.2017 Fire commander Mick Tisbury believes blood of majority of firefighters is contaminated with probable carcinogens https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/10/foam-contamination-firefighters-must-have-blood-tests-says-commander

10.9.2017 Fire Apparatus Magazine “Setting The Record Straight” https://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/articles/print/volume-22/issue-10/departments/keeping-it-safe/setting-the-record-straight.html

10.29.17 Columbus Dispatch, “FireFighters Gear May Be Hazardous” https://www.dispatch.com/news/20171029/firefighters-gear-may-be-hazardous

10.31.2017 FireRescue1, “PPE Manufacturer Refutes ‘False’ Claims About Turnout Gear Hazards” https://www.firerescue1.com/cancer/articles/349394018-PPE-manufacturer-refutes-false-claims-about-turnout-gear-hazards/

11.8.2017 FireRescue1, “Fireground environment, not turnout gear, provides carcinogen exposure risk” https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/Personal-protective-equipment-ppe/articles/359873018-Fireground-environment-not-turnout-gear-provides-carcinogen-exposure-risk/

11.7.2017 Carolina Fire Journal, “The Truth About Cancer Hazards and Turnout Gear” https://www.carolinafirejournal.com/Articles/Article-Detail/ArticleId/6639/The-Truth-About-Cancer-Hazards-and-Turnout-Gear

2018

Petition: (not sure of the date we began the petition) We are asking that the fire service be included in the CDC/ATSDR Pease AFB PFAS Study. Currently we have over 8,700 signatures. https://www.change.org/p/cdc-has-omitted-the-fire-service-from-the-first-national-pfas-study-this-study-was-to-include-first-responders-yet-miraculously-in-august-of-2018-the-fire-service-was-omitted-from-the-study-why-because-firefighters-are-occupationally-exposed?fbclid=IwAR07gQUfK_SWfmXE5H-V_8N8hZp4QBEm-kFFDWO0WuBAnBz8NmJXucuyqpA

1.16.2018 “Washington State Council of Firefighters and Toxic Free Future Collaborate to File Fist in the Nation PFAS Legislation” https://toxicfreefuture.org/safer-firefighting-foam-gear-drinking-water/

1.29.2018 Station Pride, “PFAS/PFOA Update: Conference Call With IAFF” https://station-pride.com/2018/01/29/pfas-pfoa-update-conference-call-with-iaff/

2.18.18 Station Pride, “Fire Gear Laboratory Test Results” https://station-pride.com/2018/02/18/fire-gear-laboratory-test-results/

5.12.2018 Jeff Hirsch - WKRC Cancer concerns from first responders” https://local12.com/news/local/cancer-concerns-from-our-first-responders

5.18.2018 Robert Bilott - Interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now with transcript: Trump’s EPA Doesn’t Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways & Firefighters https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/18/trumps_epa_doesnt_want_you_to

6.1.2018 PFFM votes unanimously to make PFAS legislation a priority.

6.1.2018 IAFF Statment on PFOA and Turnout Gear June, 2018 https://www.firerescuemagazine.com/content/dam/fire-rescue/downloads/PFOA%20Turn-Out%20Gear%20Fact%20Sheet%20FINAL%202018%20June.pdf

6.4.2018 Mindi Messmer - Firefighter Nation - “Firefighter Cancer Quadfecta” https://www.firefighternation.com/articles/2018/06/firefighter-cancer-quadfecta.html

6.25.2018 Diane Cotter - Exeter NH, EPA PFAS Community Engagement Agenda hosts, Testing for Pease and Toxics Action Center https://www.facebook.com/1808869939437081/videos/2080367175620688/

7.25.2018 Response from NIOSH regarding my concerns of First Responder PFAS exposure and lack of PFAS plan/guidance/oversight https://medium.com/@dianecotter/7-25-18-reply-of-commander-kenney-fent-of-the-cdc-niosh-with-my-response-of-7-26-18-below-6b8e315f3cf6

8.22.2018 Warren Files Amendments Supporting Massachusetts Firefighters, Police Officers, and First Responders - Amendments Would Fund Study of Health Effects of PFAS Exposure in Firefighters & Include Police Officers, Other First Responders in Cancer Registry https://www.warren.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/warren-files-amendments-supporting-massachusetts-firefighters-police-officers-and-first-responders?fbclid=IwAR3Yq_60jqy1yM7y-HAZYPPzi4Dh8tZZDY3r6ohFTey1astQnQf3sselk1g

9.12.2018 Environmental Attorney Robert Bilott sends 47 page letter to CDC/ATSDR challenging their reasoning for ‘omitting’ the occupationally exposed fire service from $100,000,000.xx first in the nation PFAS Study.

9.24.2018 Karen Hensel - NBC Boston Investigates, “Chemical In Firefighter Turnout Gear Eyed As A Potential Cancer Agent” https://www.nbcboston.com/investigations/Chemical-in-Firefighter-Turnout-Gear-Eyed-As-Potential-Cancer-Agent-494194661.html

9.24.2018 Notre Dame News “Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing” https://news.nd.edu/news/researchers-study-presence-of-fluorinated-chemicals-in-firefighter-clothing/

9.26.2018 IAFF Statement of LIEUTENANT TIMOTHY PUTNAM VICE-PRESIDENT, TIDEWATER FEDERAL FIRE FIGHTERS before the SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL SPENDING OVERSIGHT & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UNITED STATES SENATE On THE FEDERAL ROLE IN THE TOXIC PFAS CHEMICAL CRISIS https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Putnam%20Testimony.pdf

9.27.2018 Karen Hensel - NBC Boston “NH Senators Call for Replacing Firefighter Gear with Potentially Carcinogenic Chemicals” https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Senators-Call-for-Firefighter-Gear-with-Potentially-Carcinogenic-Chemicals-to-be-Replaced-494559641.html

9.26.2018 IAFF ‘S Larry Petrick Outlines PFAS Plan: https://www.facebook.com/notes/your-turnout-gear-and-pfoa/iaff-outlines-its-pfas-plan/2167621363561935/?__tn__=HH-R

10.2.2018 Sharon Lerner - The InterceptNATIONWIDE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TARGETS DUPONT, CHEMOURS, 3M, AND OTHER MAKERS OF PFAS CHEMICALS” https://theintercept.com/2018/10/06/dupont-pfas-chemicals-lawsuit/

10.20.2018 Cheryl Hogue - Chemical and Engineering News, “U.S. class-action case targets nine PFAS makers” https://cen.acs.org/policy/litigation/US-class-action-case-targets/96/i41?fbclid=IwAR1Rp54Ano-2h26KO_lmyjsvz0S8cigtx-1CqSqc03HJJJBAJ0K1y7H28O0

11.30.2018 NYC Firewire, “Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing” https://nycfirewire.net/entry/researchersstudychemicals

12.6.2018 Station Pride “Unused Fire Gear PFAS Test Results Are “Thousands of Times Higher” than EPA Drinking Water Standards” https://station-pride.com/2018/12/06/unused-fire-gear-pfas-test-results-are-thousands-of-times-higher-than-epa-drinking-water-standards/

12.13.2018 Shaheen, Murkowski Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging CDC and ATSDR to Prioritize Studies on Health Effects of Firefighters’ Exposure to PFAS https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/shaheen-murkowski-lead-bipartisan-letter-urging-cdc-and-atsdr-to-prioritize-studies-on-health-effects-of-firefighters-exposure-to-pfas

12.20.18 Inside Indiana Business “The Mystery of Cancer in Firefighters: Two Indiana Researchers Uncover Clues” http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/39674733/the-mystery-of-cancer-in-firefighters-two-indiana-researchers-uncover-clues

12.21.2018 Annie Ropeik - New Hampshire Public Radio “Firefighters Want In On CDC's Study Of PFAS Chemical Health Effects” https://www.nhpr.org/post/firefighters-want-cdcs-study-pfas-chemical-health-effects#stream/0

2019

1.3.2019 Congressmen Jim McGovern and Brian Fitzpatrick Send Bipartisan Letter to CDC and ATSDR https://mcgovern.house.gov/uploadedfiles/pfasletter.pdf

1.5.2019 IAFF Local 88 President Brian Grubb would successfully substantiate the need for PFAS serum tests for his members. along with full support from Fire Chief Jacob King of Wright Patterson AFB.

1.16.2019 Diane, Stakeholder Statement at MassDEP PFAS MRL Petition by Toxics Action Center and Conservation Law Fund https://medium.com/@dianecotter/my-january-16-2019-stakeholder-statement-at-massdep-pfas-mrl-petition-by-toxics-action-center-and-8c49bf7facf2

2.1.2019 PFFM and State Rep Jim Hawkins file PFAS legislation for firefighters!! 84 co-signers In House: HD 3590 An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment - In Senate: SD 1784 An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment

note.. this legislation has been made possible by the efforts of President Rich Mackinnon and Legislative Agent Paul Jacques, along with Local 1009 President Michael Papagni and Local 1314 President Jason Burns. It will prove to be the strongest legislation written GLOBALLY for the protection of firefighters and PFAS laden PPE. I could not be prouder of these leader for their efforts and tenacity. This bill should be replicated across the nation. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3661/BillHistory

2.8.2019 Annie Ropeik NHPR - Major Pease PFAS Study Poised To Proceed Without Including Fire Service https://www.nhpr.org/post/major-pease-pfas-study-poised-proceed-without-including-fire-service?fbclid=IwAR20ACNVGdF2sHlWHe0Iw9dwQr-3u45hmSn_RwSGUzvn3Y8tVc8CjcseUKA#stream/0

2.10.2019 Diane Cotter - Medium, In Response to CDC/ATSDR Omission of Firefighters to 100 Million Dollar PFAS Study. https://medium.com/@dianecotter/in-response-to-cdc-atsdr-omission-of-firefighters-to-100-million-dollar-pfas-study-72f78bedb49f

2.25.2019 Melbourne firefighters will give regular blood and plasma donations as part of a world-first study into reducing chemicals in their system. A 12-month clinical pilot study through Macquarie University will look at whether the regular donations lower the level of polyfluroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in firefighters' blood. https://www.portpirierecorder.com.au/story/5923667/melbourne-firefighters-in-blood-study/?cs=9397&fbclid=IwAR1GAIxisZ60spVqMWH1ghBSKwpPWOVAlDxM3LlHfaZh9cRIucctVDy9XTw

2.26.2019 Blair Miller - Boston 25 News, “Local firefighters concerned about potentially dangerous chemicals on gear” https://www.boston25news.com/news/local-firefighters-facing-concerns-over-potentially-dangerous-chemicals-on-gear/925236612

2.26.2019 President PFFM Richard Mackinnon decalres “The PFFM will insist that municipalities provide our firefighters with safe turnout gear and other equipment to protect our members.”

2.26.2019 Blair Miller - Boston 25 News, “Lawmakers call for immediate action on firefighter gear after Boston 25 report” https://www.boston25news.com/news/lawmakers-call-for-immediate-action-on-firefighter-gear-after-boston-25-report/925500483?fbclid=IwAR12MB50-kSofwAlwNbi-G8qu03NRvWUkrmtNi4-ZtAS7WVt4gO5vbCimPo

3.8.2019 Diane Cotter - Medium “How is it 3M, DuPont and others can sit on NFPA and not disclose toxins in equipment knowing if they did it impacts their bottom line?” https://medium.com/@dianecotter/how-is-it-3m-dupont-and-others-can-sit-on-nfpa-and-not-disclose-toxins-in-equipment-knowing-if-fead0cb24193

3.19.2019 Statement of PATRICK J. MORRISON Assistant to the General President, International Association of Fire Fighters before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change United States House of Representatives on Mismanaging Chemical Risks: EPA’s Failure to Protect Workers March 13, 2019 https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/03.13.19_Witness%20Testimony_Morrison.pdf

3.21.2019 https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/shaheen-murkowski-build-on-bipartisan-efforts-to-address-health-concerns-for-firefighters-exposure-to-pfas-announce-bill-that-would-require-blood-testing-as-part-of-routine-physicals-for-military-firefighters

3.27.2019 Humpday Hangout with Pj Norwood and Frank Ricci, What are PFOA’s & Does Your Gear Contain These Cancer-Causing Chemicals? Chief Bobby Halton, Professor Graham Peaslee, and the Cotters. A Focus on Firefighter Health and Safety discussion

https://www.firefighternation.com/articles/2019/03/humpday-hangout-what-are-pfoa-s-does-your-gear-contain-these-cancer-causing-chemicals.html

3.28.2019 Statement and Question for Senator Markey at March 28, 2019 Senate PFAS Hearing Entered into Record. Delivered to Senator Markey by Kristen Mello and Loreen Hackett, fellow advocates. https://medium.com/@dianecotter/statement-and-question-for-senator-markey-at-senate-pfas-hearing-please-809a384ded3e

4.12.2019 Professor Peaslee to appear at FDIC teaching PFAS 101 https://events.pennwell.com/FDIC2019/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=24664

4.12.2019 Attorney Robert Billot Responds to 3M, DuPont, et al’s ‘motion to dismiss’ Hardwick vs 3M, DuPont et al.

https://medium.com/@dianecotter/4-12-2019-robert-bilotts-response-to-motion-to-dismiss-by-3m-dupont-et-al-26bae81175e8

4.17.2019 Webinar with Dr Patrick Breysse regarding CDC/ATSDR PFAS Study. Statement and Question here:

https://medium.com/@dianecotter/webinar-question-with-dr-breysse-as-set-by-toxic-actions-center-wednesday-4-17-19-2b250839cea6

4.24.2019 Webinar with Professor Graham Peaslee, hosted by Shaina Kasper of Toxics Action Center, PFASProject.net and Last Call Foundation https://pfasproject.net/webinar-18-pfas-101-and-turnout-gear/fbclid=IwAR1gKvDeN20IpLYzq5u3lywAa2Q9inIB8bgGFD1Yxx95uAcsA208ml-k4eA

4.24.2019 Lion Manufacturing : HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PFOA AND YOUR TURNOUT GEAR

https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/3475623/LION_PFOA_factsheet_042419.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0w-XaMhVppAQh27oKmsKEh1EG5DUFleIBNZ_cjt5wXUdp-UPL8OTDBPHQ

May, 2019 Dr Alberto Caban-Martinez; Journal of Medicine -

Use of Aqueous FilmForming Foams and Knowledge of Perfluorinated Compounds Among Florida Firefighters https://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2019/05000/Use_of_Aqueous_Film_Forming_Foams_and_Knowledge_of.20.aspx

5.8.2019 Diane’s interview with Callie Lyons of ‘A Chemical Conversaton’ https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/a-chemical/a-chemical-conversation-with-hTvWbtAw7yk/

A firefighter's wife talks about PFAS contamination in the fire service and how she sent 6,000 emails in three years looking for answers, advocating for firefighters who are suffering from cancer, and pushing the legislative agenda to be more protective of the fire service and military personnel

5 .13.2019 3M, DuPont, Chemours, Archroma, Arkema, Daikin, Solvay, REPLY IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ JOINT MOTION TO DISMISS

https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/reply-in-support-of-defendantsjoint-motion-to-dismiss-101a0a02002a

5.14.2019 Statement On #pfas with Fire Fighter Testimonies to House Committee on Energy & Commerce May 15, 2019 https://medium.com/@dianecotter/statement-on-pfas-with-fire-fighter-testimonies-to-house-committee-on-energy-commerce-may-15-aab6673278d2

5.16.2019 Wife of Former Firefighter Testifies About PFAS Danger

By Karen Hensel

https://www.nbcboston.com/investigations/Wife-of-Former-Firefighter-Testifies-About-PFAS-Danger-510041181.html

5.22.2019 PFAS LOBBYING DAY, MAY 15TH, 2019 SUMMARY OF EVENTS https://medium.com/@dianecotter/pfas-lobbying-day-may-15th-2019-summary-of-events-e9a2727cc91d

5.13.19 Defendants in Hardwick v 3M, DuPont, Chemours, et al., file Reply in Support to Motion to Dismiss https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/reply-in-support-of-defendantsjoint-motion-to-dismiss-101a0a02002a?postPublishedType=repub

5.19.2019 Diane Statement On #pfas with Fire Fighter Testimonies to House Committee on Energy & Commerce May 15, 2019 “HEARING ON “PROTECTING AMERICANS AT RISK OF PFAS CONTAMINATION & EXPOSURE”

https://medium.com/@dianecotter/statement-on-pfas-with-fire-fighter-testimonies-to-house-committee-on-energy-commerce-may-15-aab6673278d2

5.23.2019 Senator Jeanne Shaheen, NH, Announces Measure Banning PFAS Chemicals from Firefighting Foam Included in Committee-Approved Annual Defense Bill

https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/shaheen-measure-banning-pfas-chemicals-from-firefighting-foam-included-in-committee-approved-annual-defense-bill

6.10.2019 Diane and Paul, PFAS Conference at Northeastern University. First time for First Responder SEgment

https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/paul-and-i-are-leaving-this-morning-for-the-national-pfas-conference-being-held-at-northeastern-939ee421b0db

Chapter 4 - Dr Peaslee delivers PFAS RESULTS. Also, Dr Miriam Calkins, IAFF F-88 President Brian Grubb, Australia’s Krystle Mitchell Sr Sci & Enviromental Director of MBS, Environmental Attorney Robert Bilott, Introduction by Wildland Firefighter; Dr Alissa Cordner, Whitman College :

https://bluejeans.com/playback/s/IrmzJppVhw5qfnPlTRRTJnBPe0cdmnRww6vioHnZ530qDELz8Bg6mQpfgtiBMY2m?fbclid=IwAR1MgdiJ9SrUZKjXXI_HLSt5n8AQa80GhUbIo5xDILQ4stXGjpbq6gVGu7I

6.10.2019 Dr Miriam Calkins, NIOSH ; SLIDE PRESENTATION: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6R8Ok-Cikg5RXZ3X05uaGpoTDF1RVdGTGhrbVVibXJ5czBJ/view

6.10.2019 Andrea Amico, Testing For Pease; Slide Presentation; What are Medical Monitoring and Health Studies? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6R8Ok-Cikg5T2h6a2dRTUJ3RFh5ckpTMVpVQThoTEFCc1Nn/view

6.18.2019 Dr Sarah Janhke ; PFAS exposure and risks: Your questions answered Older bunker gear may expose firefighters to harmful chemicals https://www.firerescue1.com/cancer/articles/394346018-PFAS-exposure-and-risks-Your-questions-answered/?fbclid=IwAR00dsmCeKCq7O68HI1YHiLBaxODogHlF6RqCSoEEkLaQHt10RwLVs1YhzA

7.11.2019 EWG Applauds Passage of House Amendments to End Military Uses of PFAS https://www.ewg.org/release/ewg-applauds-passage-house-amendments-end-military-uses-pfas?fbclid=IwAR2saD1urJVzL0Kwbi21h8ynvEJJpc1NsCcWNA9LSOQ-lXRQ5N-Lh5ipuO4

7.12.2019 Callie Lyons… PFAS in the House, and many Snowflakes : https://chemicalconversation.blogspot.com/2019/07/pfas-in-house.html?fbclid=IwAR2YTVHI2NGd-P1UjGG_9mcw1l5YQFuuL3e6hR5geHI1BpyXH2n0UbIS27o

7.14.2019 A Heartfelt Thank you to our Legislators https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/a-heartfelt-thank-you-2f1f3839ef7c

7.19.2019 Dr Philippe Grandjean, Harvard Chan School of Public Health https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/curbing-the-use-of-forever-chemicals/?fbclid=IwAR1I8I4jjXnAwioZIrzIE2P5GvA7pYUukQLvhEzYRRXA8Hd2ENmdhaVETNw

When the researchers developed a dose-response assessment, they found that pancreatic tumors developed even at very low concentrations of PFOA, suggesting that the lifetime human exposure limit for this type of PFAS should be only 0.1 parts per trillion. But the EPA’S current guideline, which isn’t even legally binding, is 70 parts per trillion—700-fold too high.

7.20.2019 Diane, via Medium ; SOMEBODY HAS GOT TO STEP UP HERE…… The question we need to ask is, are we getting .1 parts per trillion of PFOA on our hands after we handle our gear?

https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/somebody-has-got-to-step-up-here-fa6eda78a5c4

7.23.2019 STATEMENT House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment - “ The Devil They Knew " PFAS Contamination and the Need for Corporate Accountability

https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/the-greatest-deception-ever-c321e36b3805

7.30.2019 https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/attorney-general-james-leads-coalition-22-state-attorneys-general-urging-congress-act

Attorney General James Leads Coalition Of 22 State Attorneys General In Urging Congress To Act On Toxic ‘Forever' Chemicals - AGs Argue that Federal Legislation is Urgently Needed to Fight Widespread “PFAS” Contamination To Date, PFAS Contamination Cleanups Have Cost New Yorkers More Than $51 million 

https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/attorneys-general-of-new-york-california-connecticut-delaware-district-of-columbia-guam-daf98cc2f568

7.31.2019 Senator Gary Peters ,Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire) introduces New Senate bill limits firefighter exposure to PFAS ~ Co Sponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire)

https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/07/new-senate-bill-limits-firefighter-exposure-to-pfas.html

The Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act of 2019 would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – to develop educational resources to help protect firefighters, emergency response personnel, and the communities they serve from PFAS exposure. This would include information for federal, state, and local firefighters on training and best practices to prevent and reduce exposure to PFAS from firefighting foams and protective gear, as well as resources that identify alternatives for firefighting tools and equipment that do not contain PFAS.

8.13.2019 Diane delivers testimony at request of Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congressman Chris Pappas at Congressional PFAS Field Hearing

https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/statement-to-congresswoman-annie-kuster-and-congressman-chris-pappas-august-13-2019-pfas-field-5c4d8fe939d8

August 22, 2019 22 States Attorney Generals : https://www.recordonline.com/news/20190802/state-ag-joins-push-to-take-more-action-on-pfas-toxic-chemicals

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2019/09/18/file_attachments/1288014/NDAA%20PFAS%20Letter%209.18.19_Final%20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1FHg6VpGpTzLwU35LU0ac7th-60SzDwmEGy3rydNsjaApwoas_EUDMl8g

9.5.2019 https://www.ewg.org/testimony-official-correspondence/ngo-letter-support-pfas-provisions-fy-2020-ndaa NGO Letter in Support of PFAS Provisions in the FY 2020 NDAA

9.10.2019 House Oversight Committee “The Devil They Knew”….

Watch hearing here: https://oversight.house.gov/legislation/hearings/the-devil-they-knew-pfas-contamination-and-the-need-for-corporate-0

Witnesses

Panel One

Robert A. Bilott
Partner
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Lori Swanson
Former Attorney General
State of Minnesota

Matthew Hardin (minority witness)

Commonwealth Attorney

Greene County, Virginia

Panel Two

Denise R. Rutherford
Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs
The 3M Company

Paul Kirsch
President of Fluoroproducts
The Chemours Company

Daryl Roberts
Chief Operations & Engineering Officer
DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

 

During this hearing 3m, DuPont, and Chemours will denouce their responsibility for firefighters and veterans with cancer as a result of their PFAS. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1061112291?fbclid=IwAR1yk8qZ9Lh3QSYjHXbgPg-VlcwvlfjHGiAh_-hnwNJuvPHcgW8qBA0-8HU

See transcript here: https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2019/09/18/pfas-chemical-company-execs-under-fire-in-congress/

3 weeks prior 3M supported the IAFF Cancer Summit as a Silver Sponsor. https://redmondems.iaff.org/registered-exhibitors-and-sponsors

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen of NH announceS bipartisan FEDERAL LEGISLATION FOR PFAS IN PPE WITH sENATOR cORY gARDNER of Colorado !!!

BILL 2525 https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2525/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Guaranteeing+Equipment+Safety+for+Firefighters+Act+of+2019%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1

September 20, 2019 https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/shaheen-gardner-announce-new-legislation-to-address-health-concerns-regarding-pfas-exposure-through-firefighter-protective-gear

https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Guaranteeing%20Equipment%20Safety%20for%20Firefighters%20Act%20[Bill%20Text].pdf

https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Guaranteeing%20Equipment%20Safety%20for%20Firefighters%20[One-Pager,%20final].pdf

September 24, 2019: hearing in massachusetts statehouse hearing: h.3661 strongest language yetglobally for pfas in ppe BY rEP jim hawkins OF attleboro, ma. over 80 co-sponsors !!!

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H3661/BillHistory

STATEMENT ; DIANE COTTER WITH SUPPORTING TEXT by DR GRAHAM PEASLEE, in SUPPORT OF H.3661 https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/statement-of-diane-cotter-with-4de2d706a0ab An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in firefighter personal protective equipment

TEXT IN SUPPORT OF H.3661 by Professor Graham Peaslee https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/text-in-support-of-h-3661-by-professor-graham-peaslee-5049be9222b1

9.26.2019 CONGRESSWOMAN ANNIE KUSTER: Thank you Congresswoman Annie Kuster FOR PROTECTING THE PROTECTORS !!! Listen as Annie Kuster discusses the PFAS summit we spoke at and her NDAA plea that will protect first responders from the harmful chemials in our PPE and AFFF !!! h.2596

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2596/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22protecting+communities+in+new+pfas+act%22%7D&r=1&s=1&fbclid=IwAR0k3RO3qvusarHxuNMowmQ_yBSMOb90jyfGpf1BLfT-Taou3ta7upw1MYk

9.27.2019 Remarks from Rob Bilott [Social Good Summit 2019] TRAILER , #DARKWATERS STARRING MARK RUFFALO AS ROBERT BILOTT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8I2qyW8siE&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0IS3dGa9rbN1eOmDuY0TWArGthlxUQeeWt7C0tippDeQzhk2P8Lk1akPk

September 30th 2019, Senator Shaheen announces 2,000,000 for firefighter PFAS in PPE funding !! https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/in-committee-approved-funding-bill-shaheen-boosts-funding-for-anti-opioid-grants-pfas-research-and-federal-support-to-improve-mental-health-services-for-law-enforcement

Examine Safety of Firefighters’ Personal Equipment

Shaheen included $2 million for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) personal protective equipment research. Last week, Shaheen introduced new bipartisan legislation with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), which would take important steps to address concerns regarding firefighters’ occupational exposure to PFAS chemicals through their personal protective equipment.  

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2019. fire chief kevin hardwick v 3m, dupont, chemours, et al., MOTION TO DISMISS, ‘DENIED’ https://www.ewg.org/release/federal-court-class-action-suit-against-pfas-chemical-makers-can-proceed

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-AnlvjjWSM89QExUq40tEZE9NlrO1867/view?fbclid=IwAR3XOq8agLA7eijJ0rIIw5tm7JbTCxFkfKbyogVS6n7vXXSfWpp7ccXYFF0

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OCTOBER 1, 2019 . New Study Confirms High PFAS Blood Levels Among Firefighters https://www.ewg.org/release/ew-study-confirms-high-pfas-blood-levels-among-firefighters?fbclid=IwAR3QoMMgqJK7flDy0YVL4RxZrnTWkYZ2468TAxfRe4gVKT8kh6FlWhmPf7w

OCTOBER 3, 2019. CHEMOURS CEO RESIGNS. https://investors.chemours.com/news-releases/news-releases-details/2019/Chemours-Fluoroproducts-Business-President-Resigns-Company-Appoints-Chemical-Solutions-Business-President-to-Lead-Fluoroproducts-as-Well/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1NlvIa-WXaWulrZSkpAuMl3IwmSOMsLP1aktyQ_8tadEwSSUGfh7I1seI

OCTOBER 4, 2019. Commander Mick Tisbury: U.N. Expert Committee Recommends Global Elimination of Toxic Chemical Harming Health of Firefighters https://ipen.org/news/un-expert-committee-recommends-global-elimination-toxic-chemical-harming-health-firefighters?fbclid=IwAR3sfE-CAdLqdyRChHbCoQo1s4_MIJBEiZmEknfAKXVKu3HJDBjErkEyPoo

OCTOBER 4, 2019. BREAST CANCER ACTION CAMPAIGN ‘THINK BEFORE YOU PINK’ https://medium.com/@kaiserc.cotter15_20335/3ms-warning-to-firefighters-8f38e2927a60

OCTOBER 12, 2109. Notre Dame Halftime Commercial during Fighting Irish v SC Trojans - NBC Sports and University of Notre Dame airs “What Would You Fight For” featuring Dr Graham Peaslee, Paul and Diane Cotter. Over 100,000 views in 48 hours. Seen by audience of over 4 million. https://fightingfor.nd.edu/2019/fighting-to-protect-the-brave/?utm_campaign=Fightingfor&utm_medium=NDsocial&utm_source=Facebook