PFAS in pesticides Brussels, 11-11-2022 Contact : Hans Muilerman
23 November 2022
After having previously found concentrations of a variety of PFAS substances in soil samples in the site studied (5 fields)2, the author now has been looking for the source of the contamination. [...] Likely the levels in surface water of PFAS will be exceeded (see new EQS of 0,0044 ug/L -sum of 24 PFASs- in the Water Framework Directive) by pesticide application. [...] Commission already stated6: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) require special attention, considering the large number of cases of contamination of soil and water - including drinking water - in the EU and globally, the number of people affected with a full spectrum of illnesses and the related societal and economic costs. [...] That is why the Commission proposes a comprehensive set of actions to address the use of and contamination with PFAS. [...] Hokken-Koelega, Longitudinal poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in Dutch infants, Environment International 160 (2022) 107068 5 Schenk et al., Risk to human health related to the presence of perfluoroalkyl substances in food, 2020 European Food Safety Authority, doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2020.6223 6 COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN EC.