Stockholm University Study Finds Forever Chemicals Constantly Cycle Through Our Air, Ground, and Water
PFAS, toxic “forever chemicals” in the ocean, are transported from seawater to the air when waves hit the beach. That phenomenon actually represents a significant source of air pollution, a new study from Stockholm University claims.
The findings partly explain how PFAS get into the atmosphere and eventually, precipitation. The study, which collected samples from two Norwegian locations, also states that PFAS pollution “may impact large areas of inland Europe and other continents, in addition to coastal areas”.
“The results are fascinating but at the same time concerning,” said Bo Sha, a Stockholm University researcher and a co-author of the study.
PFAS are a class of chemicals used across scores of industries to make products that are resistant to water, stains and heat. Though these compounds are highly effective, they have been linked to cancer, kidney disease, birth defects, decreased immunity, liver problems and a range of other serious diseases.
The study highlights the chemicals’ Omicron-like mobility once they’re released into the environment: PFAS don’t naturally break down, so they continuously move through the ground, water and air and their longevity in the environment has led them to be dubbed “forever chemicals”. These chemicals have been detected in all corners of the globe, from penguin eggs in Antarctica to polar bears in the Arctic.
Many regulators and the chemical industry have long claimed that dumping PFAS into the ocean is a terrible disposal method because it dilutes the waste to a safe level. The study concluded that the approach isn’t safe because the chemicals are then returned to land, which can pollute drinking water sources, among other issues.
The devastation wrought by these forever chemicals has caused a great deal of PFAS litigation in recent years. PFAS litigation necessitates a number of expert witnesses, including industrial experts who can speak to the manufacturing of products containing PFAS; medical experts who can determine the causes of symptoms and whether or not they are a result of exposure to PFAS; and financial experts who can help determine damages — healthcare costs and lost wages among them.
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