Category Archives: Polyfluoroalkyl substances

New survey of PFAS in the Nordic environment

The report is about a screening analysis of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and extractable organic fluorine (EOF) in samples from the Nordic environment performed by a group of Swedish and Norwegian scientists. The project was financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and followed by a Nordic Screening Group. The report can be downloaded…
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New Danish report on PFAS in Cosmetics

In October 2018, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency published the project report: Survey of chemical substances in consumer products No. 169 with the title: Risk assessment of fluorinated substances in cosmetic products. The authors were Anna Brinch and Frans Cristensen from COWI A/S, together with Allan Astrup Jensen from NIPSECT. The chemical analyses were performed…
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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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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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