Category Archives: Polyfluoroalkyl substances

Norwegian Environment Agency publishes report on PFBS

The Norwegian Environment Agency has just published  a report on "Investigation of sources to PFBS in the Environment" written by COWI and NIPSECT, Denmark. Perfluorobutanesulfonate/sulfonic acid (PFBS) is a short-chain PFAS, which uses are increasing as it is one of the most important subsitutes for the banned chemical perfluorooctanesulfonate/sulfonic acid (PFOS). The report can be downloaded…
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PFAS activities in Australia

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), on behalf of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, hosted a summit of international environment experts and regulators on polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) on 3-4th April 2017 in Melbourne. In Australia there have, for example, been been several…
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PFOA to be banned in Europe

PFOA The Danish and Norwegian Environmental Agencies have both just announced that the EU has decided to ban perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its derivatives and precursors. Precursors are chemicals which degrade into PFOA, for instance 8:2 fluorotelomers. In total hundreds of substances on the market will be banned. However, the ban will first be enforced…
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Are short-chain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) safe substitutes for long-chains?

On 24 February and 26 February 2016 I gave lectures in Australia with the title: "Are the short-chain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) safe alternatives?" at seminars, respectively, at the CAPIM, the University of Melbourne, and at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in Sydney. PFAS, such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and their C8-precursors, are well-known chemical hazards, and such chemicals…
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