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Silent PFAS pandemic

The widespread use of undegradable PFAS chemicals in many products is a danger to our health and environment, writes independent toxicologist Abel Arkenbout. We must act now to stop their widespread use.

De Andere Krant - April 15, 2023

Toxic substances are flooding our environment

Novembre 26, 2022


"We live in a fluorinated society," says Arkenbout. He is deeply concerned about poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) "flooding us like a tsunami". Arkenbout, who is active across Europe with its Toxicowatch agency, has been raising alarm for years about the rapid spread of so-called Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) such as dioxins and PFAS. He is not the only one. Just recently, 116 scientists called on the WHO to tighten guidelines on PFAS exposure drastically. The Dutch government is also concerned: it is working on "a European pathway to limit the use and production of PFAS".

Burning questions remain over Europe’s waste incinerators

27 April 2023

By Eurydice Bersi and Nico Schmidt

IThe toxic toll of waste incineration: measuring health and environmental impacts

Zoom meeting organised by Zero Waste 

The true toxic toll

Biomonitoring of waste incineration: Video by Zero waste Europe give an explanation, what biomonitoring is, how it is performed and how it can implemented in a communication with the government, media and industry.

Biomonitoring in Spanisch Basque Country. In the Northwest of Spain, just across the border of France, in the Basque Country, Euskal Herria, an incinerator has been built in the municipal district of Donostia-San Sebastián, in the place called Zubieta, finished in 2019, and coming in operation in 2020. The complexity of the chemical content of today’s household and industrial waste presents a challenge for turning modern waste into energy in (WtE) waste incinerators.  How safe are incinerators? ToxicoWatch performs biomonitoring research in the environment of the incinerator in Zubieta. 

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