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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