PFAS ‘forever’ chemical laws need an overhaul – recent court rulings highlight the loopholes

June 25, 2024

Read the full article by Charlotte Jönsson, Sparrenbom, and Anna Thomasson (The Conversation)

"As awareness of toxic, synthetic chemical pollution from per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) increases, more legal settlements in billion dollar amounts are being made between chemical companies and public water suppliers, both in the US and Europe.

In Korsør, Denmark, meat from an ecological community farm was polluted with PFAS from a firefighting training site located upstream of the grazing meadows. High levels of PFAS or forever chemicals (commonly in fire-fighting foams) have been found in local residents and children with decreased immune response.

In western Jutland, Denmark, PFAS chemicals have contaminated soil, groundwater and grass on meadows near the sea. Meat from grazing cattle contained such high PFAS levels that they could not, according to the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, be sold for human consumption."