The Fluorine Conundrum

The Fluorine Conundrum

The Fluorine ConundrumThe element fluorine (with the chemical notation ‚“F”) is in the crosshairs of many do-gooders these days. That isn’t new but appears to have recently gained momentum. For example, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), has recently called for a scientific meeting on the ‚“Environmental Risk Assessment of PFAS,” to take place at Durham, NC, on Aug. 12-15, 2019.

The EPA’s current PFAS Research list (as of July 2019) comprises 165 of such chemicals. Of course, that’s only a small fraction of natural and synthetic organic chemicals, i.e. substances that contain carbon-to-fluorine bonds. My own list, based on TerraToxTM databases covers more than 8,000 of such compounds.


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