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PFAS ‘forever chemicals’: Why EPA set federal drinking water limits for these health-harming contaminants

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now believes there is no safe level for two common PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – in drinking water, and it acknowledges that very low concentrations of other PFAS present human health risks.

Key Points: 
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now believes there is no safe level for two common PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – in drinking water, and it acknowledges that very low concentrations of other PFAS present human health risks.
  • The agency issued the first legally enforceable national drinking water standards for five common types of PFAS chemicals, as well as PFAS mixtures, on April 10, 2024.

What exactly are PFAS?

  • This is a large group of human-made chemicals – currently estimated to be nearly 15,000 individual chemical compounds – that are used widely in consumer products and industry.
  • They can make products resistant to water, grease and stains and protect against fire.
  • The short answer is that PFAS are harmful to human health and the environment.
  • Some of the very same chemical properties that make PFAS attractive in products also mean these chemicals will persist in the environment for generations.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey estimates common types of PFAS are now in at least 45% of the country’s tap water.

What are the health risks from PFAS exposure?

  • Research consistently demonstrates that PFAS are associated with a variety of adverse health effects.
  • A review by a panel of experts looking at research on PFAS toxicity concluded with a high degree of certainty that PFAS contribute to thyroid disease, elevated cholesterol, liver damage, and kidney and testicular cancer.
  • Additionally, current research suggests that babies exposed prenatally are at higher risk of experiencing obesity, early-onset puberty and reduced fertility later in life.
  • Collectively, this is a formidable list of diseases and disorders.

Who’s regulating PFAS?

  • DuPont called it Teflon, which eventually became a household name for its use on nonstick pans.
  • Decades later, in 1998, Scotchgard maker 3M notified the Environmental Protection Agency that a PFAS chemical was showing up in human blood samples.
  • At the time, 3M said low levels of the manufactured chemical had been detected in people’s blood as early as the 1970s.
  • The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has a toxicological profile for PFAS.

How can you reduce your PFAS exposure?

  • The best ways to protect yourself and your family from risks associated with PFAS are to educate yourself about potential sources of exposure.
  • Products labeled as water- or stain-resistant have a good chance of containing PFAS.
  • Strategies for monitoring and reporting PFAS contamination vary by location and PFAS source, so the absence of readily available information does not necessarily mean the region is free of PFAS problems.


Kathryn Crawford receives funding from National Institutes of Health and US Geological Survey.

Séché Environnement and Waga Energy start up a RNG production unit in North of France

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Séché Environnement, an international player in the circular economy and environmental services, and Waga Energy (EPA: WAGA), a global expert in the production of Renewable Natural Gas from landfills, have started up a Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production unit at the Opal Environnement site, a subsidiary of the Séché Environnement group, in Sainte-Marie-Kerque (Northwestern France).

Key Points: 
  • Séché Environnement, an international player in the circular economy and environmental services, and Waga Energy (EPA: WAGA), a global expert in the production of Renewable Natural Gas from landfills, have started up a Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production unit at the Opal Environnement site, a subsidiary of the Séché Environnement group, in Sainte-Marie-Kerque (Northwestern France).
  • The WAGABOX® unit will significantly increase the landfill energy production, providing energy that will help to decarbonize sectors such as transport and industry – still totally dependent on fossil fuels.
  • Maxime Séché, Chief Executive Officer of Séché Environnement, said: "This RNG production plant illustrates the Séché Environnement group’s commitment to circular economy and ecological transition of territories and industries.
  • Mathieu Lefebvre, Chief Executive Officer of Waga Energy, said: "Thanks to the WAGABOX® technology, the Sainte-Marie-Kerque landfill has become a RNG producer, and now supplies the local community with low-carbon energy.

Waga Energy successfully raises €52 million in an accelerated bookbuild offering

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The settlement-delivery of the Offering is expected to occur on March 25, 2024, subject to customary conditions.

Key Points: 
  • The settlement-delivery of the Offering is expected to occur on March 25, 2024, subject to customary conditions.
  • Gross proceeds from the Offering amount to €52 million, and net proceeds amount to approximately €50.2 million.
  • 3,939,394 New Shares will be issued, representing c. 19.2% of the Company’s existing share capital before Offering.
  • By way of illustration, a shareholder holding 1% of the share capital prior to the Offering and which did not participate in the Offering will hold 0.8% after completion of the Offering.

Waga Energy and Steuben County Commence RNG Production at the Bath Landfill in New York

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Waga Energy (EPA: WAGA), a global expert in the production of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from landfills, and Steuben County, a county covering 1,397 square miles with a population of approximately 94,000, are producing renewable natural gas (RNG) at the Steuben County Landfill in Bath, New York.

Key Points: 
  • Waga Energy (EPA: WAGA), a global expert in the production of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from landfills, and Steuben County, a county covering 1,397 square miles with a population of approximately 94,000, are producing renewable natural gas (RNG) at the Steuben County Landfill in Bath, New York.
  • Steuben County is the first municipality in the United States to utilize Waga Energy’s WAGABOX® facility to upgrade its landfill gas into RNG.
  • Waga Energy will operate and maintain the WAGABOX® unit under a 20-year landfill gas rights agreement with Steuben County.
  • Christopher Brewer, Deputy County Manager of Steuben County, said: “We are excited to partner with Waga Energy to develop this renewable natural gas project.

Waga Energy increases the amount allocated to liquidity contract

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Key Points: 
  • The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
  • On April 2, 2024, Waga Energy (EPA: WAGA) signed an amendment to the liquidity contract concluded with Portzamparc-BNP Paribas on November 19, 2021 in order to allocate an additional €300,000 to the contract.
  • This arrangement, which falls within the framework of AMF decision 2021-01 of June 22, 2021 on the establishment of liquidity contracts on equity securities consistent with accepted market practice, is intended to improve share liquidity and trading conditions for investors.
  • As such, the liquidity contract position after allocation of these new funds as of April 2, 2024 is:

Waga Energy announces the launch of an accelerated bookbuild offering for a minimum amount of €45 million

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

We now own 20 units in operation, 13 under construction, and with approximately 160 projects in the pipeline.

Key Points: 
  • We now own 20 units in operation, 13 under construction, and with approximately 160 projects in the pipeline.
  • Half of these projects are located in the United States, where we have recently commenced operations at our first facility.
  • This financing will enable us to capitalize on opportunities in this strategic market, where we have won several RFPs in recent months.
  • Waga Energy intends to raise gross proceeds amounting to a minimum of €45 million from the Offering of which €18.3 million have already been committed through the Subscription Commitments.

Cummins, Inc. Long-Term Shareholder Announcement: Johnson Fistel, LLP Encourages Investors to Reach Out For More Information

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

If you have continuously owned Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) shares, you have certain legal rights as a shareholder.

Key Points: 
  • If you have continuously owned Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) shares, you have certain legal rights as a shareholder.
  • The company agreed to pay a substantial $1.675 billion civil penalty for its actions.
  • California Attorney General Rob Bonta emphasized that Cummins knowingly evaded state emissions tests and requirements, causing harm to public health and the environment.
  • This penalty represents the largest amount ever recovered by the DOJ under the Clean Air Act and is the second-largest environmental penalty secured.

Bimbo Bakeries USA Earns 2024 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for the Seventh Year in a Row

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

is proud to announce that it has received the 2024 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Key Points: 
  • is proud to announce that it has received the 2024 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • The 2024 award marks the seventh year in row that the EPA has recognized the Company’s dedication to energy management strategy and leadership in the baking industry.
  • ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies.
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA was highlighted for its installation of advanced controls and high-efficiency burners in ovens, oxidizers and boilers.

Amarin Highlights Key Data Providing Mechanistic Insights into Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) at ACC.24

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Monday, April 8, 2024

These findings indicate that the net benefits of a high intensity statin and EPA, compared to statin alone, on expression of detoxification proteins during inflammation may contribute to reduced atherothrombotic risk in outcome trials.

Key Points: 
  • These findings indicate that the net benefits of a high intensity statin and EPA, compared to statin alone, on expression of detoxification proteins during inflammation may contribute to reduced atherothrombotic risk in outcome trials.
  • The beneficial effects of a high intensity statin and EPA on endothelial dysfunction may contribute to reduced atherothrombotic risk in outcome trials.
  • Elevated Lp(a) levels are an independent and causal risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease with limited treatments available.
  • The potent antioxidant actions of EPA may contribute to reduced CV events in REDUCE-IT, including among those subjects with elevated Lp(a).

New Survey Reveals Present-Day Risks of Asbestos Exposure in America - 38% in High-Risk Jobs, 47% Vulnerable through Second-Hand Exposure

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

These findings, released today, underscore the urgent necessity for Asbestos Cancer Risk Awareness and routine testing.

Key Points: 
  • These findings, released today, underscore the urgent necessity for Asbestos Cancer Risk Awareness and routine testing.
  • They emphasize the crucial importance of proactive measures to mitigate the pervasive risks associated with asbestos exposure in the United States.
  • Awareness about the risks of asbestos exposure appears to be widespread, with 45% of respondents acknowledging the potential dangers.
  • For more information on asbestos risks and testing, including an infographic, podcast, and video, visit this page .