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July 2022

Forever chemicals: what are PFAS doing to our health and environment?

We look at whether New Zealanders are exposed to forever chemicals and if our regulations are robust enough to monitor PFAS use.

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James C.
24 Jul 2022
One movie tells the story

You need only watch the excellent movie Dark Waters, a real-life story about a lawyer who battled chemical maker DuPont for PFOA contamination in water. It's brilliant and tells you all you need to know about the vested interests at play.

It leaves the viewer disgusted and realising it is up to the consumer to look after their own health and be in the know. Governments and chemical companies are just too intertwined, complacent or simply too idle to err on the side of caution and ban these substances that collectively can only be causing harm.

There are thousands of chemicals used in industrial production and products and only a handful are regulated.