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Denmark appoints expert advisors after toxic chemical pollution

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Denmark appoints expert advisors after toxic chemical pollution
Et forurenet vandløb, fotograferet fra drone, indeholder PFOS ifølge formand for Korsør Kogræsser- og Naturplejeforening, Kenneth Nielsen, omkring Noret ved Korsør, torsdag den 16. september 2021.. Formand for Korsør Kogræsser- og Naturplejeforening, Kenneth Nielsen, fortæller, at der i det vandløb, hvor det forurenet vand løber ud i Noret, indeholder omkring 2, 1 millioner nanogram PFOS. Til sammenligning må der maksimalt to nanogram per liter drikkevand. PFOS blev tidligere brugt i blandt andet brandskum. I foråret kom det frem, at det giftige fluorstof PFOS, havde spredt sig fra brandskolen til en mark, hvor køer fra Korsør Kogræsserforening var blevet forgiftet. Børn og voksne, der har spist af kødet, har siden fået målt forhøjede PFOS-værdier.. (Foto: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix)

The Danish Health Authority is to appoint a group of experts to provide advice and consultation to residents in locations currently under investigation for pollution with the toxic chemical PFOS.

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Several locations in Denmark are currently being checked for the presence of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or PFOS, a human-made chemical previously used in products such as fabric protectors but now considered a pollutant.

High concentrations of the chemical were found in wastewater from a treatment plant at Korsør on Zealand.

The pollution means that the chemical may have found its way into food in some areas.

Danish Health Authority head of department Niels Sandø stressed the need for uniform management and advice for affected residents.

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“We will now gather leading experts with knowledge of the composition and health-related consequences of fluorinated substances,” Sandø said in a statement.

“The purpose of this is to gather the knowledge we already have on this area to thereby better advise residents,” he added.

The pollution from the Korsør facility originates from foam used in fire extinguishers.

As many as 181 locations have been identified as potential PFOS pollution sites, because the locations have been used in fire extinguishment training.

All of Denmark’s water works are also under investigation to rule out pollution in drinking water.

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