Norway acts against PFOS pollution

Norway's pollution control authority (SFT) has launched an "action plan" aimed at reducing environmental contamination from perflurooctane sulphonate (PFOS) and 96 related substances that release PFOS as a breakdown product. The initiative follows a study suggesting the problem was more serious than previously reported (EED 07/09/04). Measures include the classification of products containing PFOS as hazardous waste, the threat of a statutory ban if industry fails to act voluntarily, and a campaign for international regulation starting with the EU (EED 03/12/04). The wider class of substances to which PFOS belongs - perfluorinated alkylates (PFAs) - are to be more closely monitored. See SFT press release.

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