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Can we, will we clean the rain?

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First time I read about PFAS was a contamination near Antwerp and the refusal by 3M to accept responsibility for damages and cleanup.

Surreally serious: PFAS paralysis follows astonishing scandal

The PFAS scandal surrounding the 3M factory in Antwerp has continued to unfold, teetering ever closer to the realms of absurdity. While Belgians are no strangers to surrealism, the scandal is as serious as it is ridiculous. As the plot progresses, its dramatic turns could make a worthy sequel to Mark Ruffalo's Dark Waters - Donkere Waters anyone?

The massive pollution and releases of PFOS - one of the most well-known forever chemicals belonging to the PFAS chemical family - and dodgy deals to hush it up have dominated news channels in Belgium for months now.

First assessment of population exposure to perfluorinated compounds in Flanders, Belgium | Nov. 2011 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 09:24:54 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 09:33:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 06:08:22 AM EST
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Pollution that reaches all around the world, through the rain, is rather depressing, but I still appreciate you bringing it up.

Change the environment enough, by releasing enough of a new chencial and something bad is going to happen. That much have been obvious for at least decades. The fact that the exact bad things are not known until you've tried, isn't a reason to dump new chemicals until you find out.

I hope eventually it will be cleaned up, but it will take quite a shift in priorities from seeing and treating nature as externalities where costs can be dumped, to seeing it as the foundation for our existence.

by fjallstrom on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 12:28:54 PM EST
Activated charcoal, I understand, can filter out the PFAS so there's that.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 09:44:19 PM EST
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