A Queensland Government Paper
We thank The Queensland Government for this research.
[ The Department of Environment And Science. ]
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Comprehensive and very interesting.
(Publication reprint .002)
– Revision 2
” … Many pollutants released into the environment can be expected to naturally degrade over time or to become immobilised, for example, by adsorption to sediments, microbial degradation, oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, UV photo-degradation, hydroxyl attack in the atmosphere, etc.
However, Persistent Fluorinated organic Compounds (PFCs) do not naturally diminish in this way as expected for other compounds due to their extreme persistence.
Their characteristics also include chemical stability, high solubility, high mobility, high acid strength (low pKa), dispersible volatile precursors or transformation products in air (such as FTOHs or short-chain perfluoroalkyl derivatives from landfill or WWTP emissions).
This applies for PFCs in surface water, groundwater and in soil PFCs do bind to an extent to organic matter in soil but there is potential for re-release as some or all of that organic matter decays given the persistence of PFCs …”
[ Shortfin variant ]
Overseas research has alerted us to the dangers, we now need to
legislate to stop their use in Australia as a matter of urgency.