Renewed Norwegian alarm on PFOS

Norway's pollution control authority (SFT) has vowed to step up its "action plan" aimed at reducing environmental contamination from perflurooctane sulphonate (PFOS) (EED 14/12/04) after Friends of the Earth Norway (FoEN) calculated that more than 80 tonnes of the chemical have been released into the sea by Norwegian oil rigs since 1980. FoEN's estimate is based on new data requested by SFT from oil companies, which used "Light Water AFFF" fire-fighting foams containing PFOS until the manufacturer stopped producing them in 2003 due to health and environmental risks. See releases from SFT and (in English) FoEN.

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