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IPEN presents the third in a series of papers prepared by an international panel of experts on PFAS chemicals. This paper, Perfluorohexane Sulfonate (PFHxS)— Socio-Economic Impact, Exposure, and the Precautionary Principle, offers unique insights about threats to drinking water sources, public health and the occupational health of firefighters due to the particular physico-chemical properties of PFHxS, including its greater mobility, hydrogeological fractionation, and long elimination half-life in people.

IPEN will host a side event at the Stockholm Convention's POPRC-15 meeting upcoming in Rome, Italy: "Socioeconomic Costs of PFAS Contamination- A Global Issue of Our Time."

IPEN has convened an international panel of independent experts from the fields of fire safety, chemistry, policy, and remediation to present at this side event. The panel also offers the third in a series of papers about PFAS chemicals: sources of contamination, implications for public and occupational health, safe alternatives, and remediation.

Today, top-tens of the biggest polluters of Kazakhstan based on the official data were published. The charts reveal that the environment has been greatly contaminated by steelworks Kazakhmys and ArcelorMittal, oil companies KazMunaiGas and KazTransOil and power plant in Ekibastuz. Interactive map of facilities that exceed the safe threshold limits valid in the EU (1) is now available in clearly understandable form on-line at www.ecocitizens.kz.

International Right-to-Know Conference Held in Czech Republic

Arnika Association, IPEN's Regional Hub for Central and Eastern Europe, recently held an international conference, "We have a right to know and to speak," in Prague, Czech Republic. Presentations were given by speakers from Thailand, Iceland, Czech Republic, USA and Serbia, and related to accessing information, pollution monitoring, and how to test products and the environment for hazardous substances. 

Dr. Geiser has been presented with the “Frank Hatch Environmental Health Leadership Award” from the Environmental Health Strategy Center (EHSC) in Maine, United States. The award marks his outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of environmental health regionally and nationally.

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