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New soil and ground water quality guidelines available for comment


August 13, 2018
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s new draft document Canadian Soil and Groundwater Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health – Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are available for public review and comment until Sept. 7, 2018.

PFOS does not occur naturally; it is released into the environment from anthropogenic sources, the document indicates. It is present in numerous products such as firefighting foams, insecticides, coatings used for textiles and paper and cleaning products.

PFOS can be released directly into the environment as a result of its production, use (in consumer, commercial and industrial products) and disposal, or it may result indirectly from the biodegradation, photo oxidation, photolysis and hydrolysis of precursor perfluorochemicals, the report said.

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The draft document and an accompanying fact sheet are available here.

The CCME invites comments to:

Charles Thrift
Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
360 – 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB    R3C 1A3
cthrift@ccme.ca