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PFOA in drinking water around Ohio River Valley

Starting in 1951, the chemical company DuPont produced the important fluoropolymer Teflon at a plant at Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. The surface-active substance perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used as an auxiliary agent for the polymerization. During the years the company underplayed the danger of PFOA, although some workers at the plant contracted rare cancer diseases.…
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Report from DIOXIN2018

  The DIOXIN2018 conference was held in Krakow, Poland, 26-31 August, 2018 with about 1000 participants from all over the World. The event included the 38th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants and the 10th International PCB Workshop. A few brief notes There was a plenary every day and six parallel oral sessions. In…
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Zürich Statement on Future Actions on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are man-made chemicals. To date, over 4,000 unique PFASs have been used in technical applications and consumer products, and some of them have been detected globally in human and wildlife biomonitoring studies. Because of their extraordinary persistence, human and environmental exposure to PFASs will be a long-term source of concern.…
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