Forerunner GenX in swimming water Helmond

Forerunner GenX in swimming water Helmond

World July 13, 2018 11:24

helmond - In recreational lake Berkendonk in Helmond, the poisonous and potentially carcinogenic substance PFOA was found during measurements by the water board. PFOA is known as the more dangerous precursor of GenX. The substance was found during follow-up research into the Helmond company Custom Powders that GenX and PFOA processed for the acclaimed Dordrecht company Chemours.

The concentration of PFOA in the swimming pool is above the national recommended exposure limits. Swimming is still allowed, but health institute RIVM warns about health risks during long-term exposure. The water board Aa en Maas will do more measurements in the coming period to monitor the situation.

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) has previously concluded that the barely degradable GenX and PFOA have ended up in air, water and soil via waste flows from Chemours and Custom Powders. Custom Powders stopped processing GenX early this year and Chemours said Thursday that the discharge of water with GenX has decreased by 85 percent.

With the GenX technology, among others, non-stick coatings and heat-resistant coatings are made.

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