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Priority pollutants identified in the Great Lakes

from Royal Society of Chemistry

The governments of Canada and the U.S. have designated a set of eight chemicals in the Great Lakes that are of mutual concern because of their potential harm to human health or the environment. The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency joined the minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada in announcing this first set of chemicals of mutual concern on May 31. These substances identified, which are in the Great Lakes because of human activities, are: hexabromocyclododecane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, long-chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls and short-chain chlorinated paraffins. more

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