How Do You Break That Super Strong Fluorine Bond In PFAS? You Could Heat Water To Supercritical Temperature. But..

Everyone’s water?

PFAS are now in most everyone’s water. You can’t see them. You can’t smell or taste them. But they are there and they are potent. And the chemical industry continues to make them because the EPA doesn’t have the teeth to stop them. So PFAS continue to build up in our environment.

They are making us sick.

The University of Rhode Island put together a PFAS tip sheet which says:

What health problems can too much PFAS cause?

High cholesterol
Heart disease
Thyroid disease
Ulcerative colitis
Liver problems
Increased body weight
Cancer (a variety of organ cancers)
Allergies and autoimmune diseases
Lower immune protection from vaccination
Decreased metabolism
Increased risk of diabetes

PFAS is a global problem.

In the southwestern town of Rastatt, Germany, PFASs made drinking water unusable in 2019.

That quote is from yesterday’s article:

How To Destroy ‘Forever Chemicals’, Scientific American, 31 January 2022

Which also says:

The variety of industrially used PFASs is so large that many of them are hardly known.

How do we get rid of things we can’t even identify? (I’m sure the manufacturers could identify them. They’re not sharing.)

The article describes a process that may break that very strong carbon-flourine bond, one of the strongest single bonds in chemistry

… experts added oxidizing substances to water contaminated with PFASs and heated the liquid above its critical temperature of 374 degrees Celsius at a pressure of more than 220 bars.

Imagine the infrastructure, the quantity of fuel needed to add that kind of energy to a system that is treating EVERYONE’S water … with its attendant climate effects. And who would pay?

Here’s the real answer:

Some argue that the persistence of PFAS is so great that [they should be phased] out of production,” DeWitt says, “as they are not part of a sustainable world.

Thank you, Virginia!

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